At a keynote held on the ongoing IFA electronics commerce present in Berlin, Huawei introduced the AI Cube, its reply to the Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Google Home. Huawei says the AI Cube is the world’s first Alexa enabled sensible speaker with an in-built 4G router. The sensible speaker helps LTE Cat.6 for mobile speeds of as much as 300Mbps, and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. We managed to seize some hands-on time with the AI Cube, and listed here are our first impressions.
The AI Cube’s cylindrical design is modern and minimalist, and the speaker seems to be lots like Bose’s SoundLink Revolve and Revolve+ Bluetooth audio system. The prime half is made from plastic, beneath which is a mesh panel coated in cloth. On the underside, you may discover a Micro-SIM card slot, an Ethernet port, and the facility socket. The AI Cube is supposed to be stationery and makes use of a proprietary mains energy adapter.
It shall be accessible in three color choices – Red, Grey, and Green, all of which have white plastic on prime and colored cloth mesh panels. There is an LED ring in addition to three capacitive buttons on prime to extend/ lower quantity and set off Alexa manually. There can be a bodily button that disables the microphones in case you are fearful about privateness. The LED ring glows blue when Alexa is invoked and purple when there’s an error. At the again, there are LED standing lights for Wi-Fi, LAN, and the 4G sign, in addition to an influence button and a HiLink button for pairing with different Huawei sensible residence merchandise.
The AI Cube has 4 far-field microphones in addition to an aluminium diaphragm and passive radiators. It delivers 360-degree sound and makes use of Huawei’s proprietary Histen audio enhancement know-how which provides digital bass, a linear part equaliser, and adaptive acquire management. In our temporary hands-on with the gadget, we discovered the bass to be crisp and punchy, and the utmost quantity was spectacular for a speaker of this dimension. However, the mids appeared to be pushed down within the sound combine. The sensible speaker did a very good job of recognising our voice, regardless of the noise and commotion on the IFA showfloor.
The greatest USP of this sensible speaker is the truth that it doubles up as a 4G Router, permitting customers to make use of Alexa options with out being tethered to a Wi-Fi connection. It helps LTE Cat.6 in addition to dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, with speeds of as much as 300Mbps and 1,200Mbps respectively. The Ethernet port on the backside permits the AI Cube for use as a regular Wi-Fi router as effectively. An in depth evaluation of those options should wait until we are able to check the gadget extensively.
You have to make use of two smartphone functions – the Alexa app in addition to Huawei’s personal – to handle the gadget. The 4G and Wi-Fi settings are configured by way of Huawei’s GoodHome app. Alexa calling will not be supported by the AI Cube for the time being, however Huawei guarantees that this function shall be added with a software program replace. The AI Cube can use your smartphone to make calls, when it’s related by way of Bluetooth.
The AI Cube shall be launched in European markets across the vacation season, near Christmas. Huawei hasn’t introduced pricing or international availability particulars but. The AI Cube is a singular product that may have the ability to problem the likes of the Google Home and Amazon Echo, if priced competitively. If it launches in India, we are going to get our arms on a unit for a full evaluation, during which we can perform detailed exams and consider it towards its competitors.
Disclosure: Huawei sponsored the correspondent’s flights and lodge for the journey to IFA, Berlin.
Adapted From: Gadgets360