Bizarre Huawei Devialet speaker looks like cross between Mac Pro and HomePod

A bizarre Huawei Devialet partnership has resulted in the Sound X, a smart speaker that looks like the love child of a trashcanMac Pro and aHomePod…

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Huawei emulating Apple designs is nothing new. We’ve previously seen it producea MacBook lookalike, the MateBook ;not just one but two generationsof AirPods clones; and an iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard clone .

The company also has form when it comes to smart speakers. Its previous AI Speaker looked almost exactly like someone had slotted an Amazon Echo Dot into the top of a HomePod.

The latest model, the Sound X , looks rather like a trashcan Mac Pro on the top half and a HomePod on the bottom half.

So far, nothing too surprising. But slightly more surprising is that high-end French audio company Devialet has partnered with Huawei on the new device.

Engadget reports.

Huawei has unveiled the Sound X, a smart speaker it build in conjunction with bespoke French HiFi company Devialet. On top of the premium look, it packs a 60 watt double subwoofer and 360-degree sound, along with Devialet’s speaker active matching (SAM) that eliminates distortion and push-push woofer vibration-cancelling tech.

Devialet is the company behindthe $2000 Phantom, a Bluetooth speaker which aims to replace your hi-fi, so pairing up with a Chinese company on a $285 speaker is a little odd.

Then again, as Engadget notes, it’s not the first time we’ve seen an unlikely partnership from Devialet.

Devialet said the Sound X represents its “first partnership in Asia,” and noted that China is its “second-largest region worldwide in terms of sales.” The company has done a number of alliances elsewhere, however, including a surround sound TV speaker for Sky, the Altice Amplify smart speaker from Altice USA, Renault’s crazy Symbioz self-driving car and an unusual set-top box with internet provider Free in France.

The Sound X will be sold only in China.

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