While Sonos may have a two day press eventplanned to intro new products later this month, the Internet has a differing timeline. And, yesterday, two of several devices we believe Sonos is working onpassed through the FCC. Onemay be arefreshed Sonos Connect, although I’d beenhoping for asmaller subwoofer,the other addsBluetooth streaming capabilities — in addition to the traditional Sonos mesh, but something entirely new for the music streaming pioneer.
a high-performance wireless speaker and part of the Sonos sound system. The device’s primary function will be for streaming with Wi-Fi, butalso features Bluetooth audio streamingand Bluetooth Low Energy, used for simplified setup.
As it turns out, someone saw me tweeting about a “round” Sonos and wanted to set the record straight … with the above photo. Voilà! It’s almost assuredly the long rumored, long pined after portable Sonos. Given the microphone array (for Alexa and Google), touch controls, and dot-dense-grill, I’m guessingit won’t be as rugged as theUE Boom 3or even theIPX4 Bose Revolve ($200-300) and more suited for usage around the house than for a jaunt to the beach but, hey, it’s a Sonos! That’s portable!
In terms of styling, this is clearly a Sonos given the branding and One-esque top surface. But, unlike the One, this speaker is more cylindrical and possibly a bit smaller. Given the slightly tapered and possibly bumperized base, as with those aforementioned bluetooth speakers, I wonder about potential battery life and the possibility of a charging cradle.