Huawei is finally bringing its double subwoofer-boasting Sound X speaker to European territories
After launching in its home market of China last year, Huawei is finally bringing its double subwoofer-boasting Sound X speaker to European territories. Huawei is touting the speaker’s audio quality first and foremost… but that might just be because there are some serious question marks over the device’s ability to answer questions à la Google Home and Amazon Echo.
Design-wise, the Huawei Sound X looks like a hybrid between Apple’s HomePod and Devialet’s Phantom series. The device is cylindrical, with two-thirds made of glossy material while is a mesh-like fabric.
Express.co.uk has already been hands (and ears-on) with the Huawei Sound X and can confirm that it looks and feels premium, although the glossy portion of the device is certainly a fingerprint magnet. It’s also likely to attract a tonne of dust, which is probably more of than issue… unless you’re planning to constantly manhandle your audio equipment.
At the top of the Sound X you’ll find touch-sensitive buttons to control volume and turn the microphone array on or off. On the side of the speaker there are two cutouts to give the hardware’s dual 60W subwoofers room to breathe… and shake manically when you’re listening to a song that’s particularly bass-heavy.
Huawei isn’t joking around when it comes to the audio quality of the Sound X. The firm partnered with renowned French audio company Devialet to help put together the speaker’s woofers and array of tweeters.
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The Huawei Sound X looks like a hybrid between Apple’s HomePod and Devialet’s Phantom series
Huawei isn’t joking around when it comes to the audio quality of the Sound X
Express.co.uk has tested the Sound X, albeit in a controlled environment with Huawei, and walked away extremely impressed with the audio quality on offer. The Chinese tech giant claims the device delivers 360-degree sound and is smart enough to adjust its output accordingly depending on where it’s placed in a room.
Of course, the Sound X will connect to your smartphone like any other smart speaker would, but Huawei also has a neat trick up its sleeve that can help get the party started a little quicker.
Once you’ve paired your smartphone with the Sound X, you’ll be able to it to start playing any song of choice just by touching the two together. This feature requires NFC on your handset to be turned on and worked pretty seamlessly in Express.co.uk’s testing.
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The biggest area of concern we have for the Huawei Sound X is whether it’ll be able to compete with the likes of the Google Home, Amazon Echo or even the HomePod when it comes everything other than streaming music.
In China, the device comes fitted with the firm’s Xiaoyi voice assistant that can be used to control other smart home equipment via HiLink. However, at this time it’s unclear what the capabilities of the Sound X will be in this regard for users in Europe.
We’re betting the Sound X won’t be able to stand toe-to-toe with its closest rivals when it comes to asking questions and barking commands. Of course, Express.co.uk will update you when we’re able to test the speaker more comprehensively.