Unreleased Sonos Portable Bluetooth Speaker Revealed in FCC Filing

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Sonos appears to have a portable Bluetooth speaker in the works. After a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed the existence of the company's first Bluetooth speaker, Zatz Not Funny shared a photo of the device in question (below), which has a more rounded design than the Sonos One.


In the filing for the unreleased product, Sonos calls it "a high-performance wireless speaker and part of the Sonos sound system. The device's primary function will be for streaming with Wi-Fi, but also features Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth Low Energy, used for simplified setup."

Like Apple and its HomePod, Sonos has used Bluetooth Low Energy in its devices before to make setup easier, but support for Bluetooth streaming would be a new thing in the Sonos lineup and allow users to play audio from any Bluetooth-enable device within range.

The addition of Bluetooth support is particularly surprising given that Sonos has belittled Bluetooth audio listening experiences in the past.

After the FCC filing emerged, The Verge had a chance to see more images of the speaker and has spoken to a person familiar with its capabilities.

According to the source, the speaker is both taller and slightly wider than the Sonos One, and it supports hands-free voice commands from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The portable speaker charges via a base station, and can also optionally be recharged over USB-C.

There's also an integrated handle on the rear and a button that switches between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. As with other recent Sonos speakers, the portable one will support Apple's AirPlay 2.

Last week, Sonos sent out media invites for meetings later in August, so there's a good chance that the company will use those to unveil the Bluetooth-supporting portable speaker, along with other products due to be launched in the fall.

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Bluetooth, wireless and always on mics for Assistants, and probably premium sound quality with good bass, now I'm wondering about battery life, how will the battery keep up with all those battery hungry features...!!!
 

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Would be great for camping, I’d buy one without a second thought knowing how good my Sonos Ones, Playbar, etc sound.
 
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Will Sonos set it's price to finally be competitive / affordable?
They're not cheap, but Sonos doesn't ship junk. Most of Sonos' competitors are junk. Amazon Echo devices sound worse, Google and Apple products which sound similar are far more expensive.

This is all ignoring the fact that you really unlock the benefits of Sonos when you network a bunch of them together.
 
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While I like my household Sonos systems, I still find the architecture clunky and sometimes limited. The new Boost is definitely better than the Bridge and the second generation Play 5's do sound fuller than the first. For one thing, they have yet to produce software that allows for more than one music library file. I guess you could do that with a blue tooth speaker, but then why invest in the elaborate Sonos mesh network. I also wish they had integrated outdoor speakers and not separate speakers connected by wire to a separate amp.
 

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I was excited when first reading this because I need to replace my ancient UE Megaboom BT speaker.

Ready to buy this as soon as it comes out, as long as it’s waterproof. Guess we’ll have to wait until it’s formally released to see.
 

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I was excited when first reading this because I need to replace my ancient UE Megaboom BT speaker.

Ready to buy this as soon as it comes out, as long as it’s waterproof. Guess we’ll have to wait until it’s formally released to see.
Spot on, I’m in the same boat. Looking to replace my ancient UE Boom 2 with something that can mesh with the rest of my sound system, but not seeing any promising evidence that this will be water proof :/
 
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Spot on, I’m in the same boat. Looking to replace my ancient UE Boom 2 with something that can mesh with the rest of my sound system, but not seeing any promising evidence that this will be water proof :/
The Sonos One is advertised as Humidity Resistant which I think a step up from the Play 1. I don't see why the bluetooth version wouldn't have at least splash resistance given it would be portable.
 

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this would be pretty great, we sonos users need some way to turn the volume on the voice assistants down, they're too loud.