Huawei's new smart speaker looks an awful lot like a HomePod

Where could this design have come from?

Huawei's new speaker looks like a HomePod

Huawei announced the AI Cube back in September, defying the definition of shapes with something that definitely wasn't a cube, but looked more like a tall Google Home.

Now the company is back at it again with a new smart speaker that's somewhere between a cube and an Apple HomePod. The speaker's Chinese name translates to Huawei AI Speaker, and it comes with Huawei's Xiaoyi AI assistant.

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Using Xiaoyi means the AI Speaker will be able to tap into Huawei's HiLink smart home platform, so you'll be able to control the lights, smart locks, security cams and other devices that are HiLink compatible.

It also comes with Huawei's "Histen" algorithm, which is software focused on equalization and boost that's also on Huawei's phone. That will help power the 2.25-inch high-fidelity 10W speaker, which is also using audio tech from Dynaudio. There are also six mics with voiceprint recognition that can distinguish between different voices.

On the top of the speaker you'll see a light blue right ring with four button controls: Mute, volume up, volume down and call. It comes in either a white or grey mesh, and for 399 yuan, which is about $60.

However, there are no plans for a worldwide release just yet. We'll have to wait and see if Huawei introduces an English version of Xiaoyi first. Unlike the AI Cube, this one doesn't work with Alexa.

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