The Huawei AI cube is not a dice. I just want us to get the fact agreed before continuing on. However, it is a fairly unique device that combines a 4G modem, a home Wi-Fi router, a 360-degree wireless speaker, and a Huawei-Amazon collaboration that promises Alexa integration and some non-articulated AI capabilities.
The Huawei AI Cube is shaped like an elongated Google Home with a flat top, and is an attempt to bring Huawei into the thriving smart speaker business. Today, there's probably more consumer electronics brands with a smart speaker in their portfolio – Apple's HomePod, the Google Home Family of Devices, Amazon Echo Speakers, Lenovo Smart Display, and most recently Samsung's Bixby Speaker ̵
Try as possible during the IFA briefing that Huawei gave, I could not extract any details from the company about how exactly the AI speaker differs from anything else with Alexa abilities on board. Price was also a question that Huawei was not ready to discuss, saying it will be announced closer to the time the device is on sale. Europe will have the AI cube "in Christmas season," the US may not get it, and Huawei has no plans for this exact model in China's home. At home, Huawei is most likely to offer a home-based voice assistant instead of Alexa.
In terms of specifications and measurements, the AI cube is 218mm high and has a diameter of 116mm (4.57 inches) at both base and peak. The speaker weighs in to 900g (2lb). It supports LTE Cat.6 for mobile speeds up to 300 Mbps and it has 802.11ac with dual-band Wi-Fi. You get four microphones with long-distance voice recognition.
I did not hear any meaningful soundmills of the AI cube here at IFA, so all we have to keep on for sound quality is Huawei's promise of this being a "groundbreaking device" with "a powerful sound system." So yes, Huawei leaves many questions unanswered with his European AI speaker. All i can say is that it's not a dice.