Technology, Vendor

Huawei debuts Alexa-powered smart speaker

Huawei Consumer Business Group has unveiled the Huawei AI Cube, a two-in-one speaker and 4G router with Alexa built-in, marking its official entry into the nascent smart speaker market, at the ongoing IFA 2018, being held in Germany.

According to the Chinese firm, the device represents a new, more natural and convenient way for consumers to connect to the internet and control smart devices, while delivering high quality audio in a compact form factor featuring a minimalist design.

Richard Yu, chief executive officer, Huawei Consumer BG, said, “As an industry leader, we are committed to providing seamless connectivity and enabling the smart, connected experience.”

“To those ends, our company has been actively strengthening the value proposition of its product portfolio, and augmenting an increasingly wide range of products with AI technology, with the AI Cube being the latest in the line,” he said.

“The AI Cube boasts a complete set of functionalities that showcases our commitment to innovation and collaboration. By combining our telecommunications technology with Amazon Alexa, the AI Cube is a compelling product that will surely strike a chord with consumers.”

With support for Wi-Fi on 4G LTE, Huawei AI Cube can fulfil the myriad connectivity demands arising from the smart home. Setup for the router is easy and intuitive—it only requires a 4G SIM card plugged in to establish a high speed internet connection at LTE Category 6 speeds (300Mbps downlink).

The AI Cube is also compatible with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, meaning the router is dual band, capable of working on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels and transmitting data over LAN at up to 1,200Mbps.

Huawei AI Cube also features Alexa built-in, enabling users to effortlessly play music, control smart home devices, and access more than 50,000 skills – hands-free. All you need to do is ask.

The Huawei AI Cube is built with a large, 400ml sound cavity and an aluminium diaphragm, enabling the AI speaker to produce high quality audio with crystal clear midrange and highs, as well as full, rounded bass.

The audio is also enhanced with Huawei’s proprietary audio solution: Huawei Histen. Also featured on a range of Huawei devices, HUAWEI Histen enriches the AI speaker’s set of features by including virtual bass, linear phase equalizer, adaptive gain control, far-field voice recognition and more as part of its repertoire.

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