has shared new details and photos of the next Sonos speaker, and it seems to address many of the complaints people had. It’s called the Sonos Roam, and like the Move before it, it’s capable of playing audio via both WiFi and Bluetooth connections. But the big revelation is that it will reportedly cost $ 169 when it goes on sale on April 20. That’s probably more than most people would spend on a Bluetooth speaker, but there’s a significant discount on Moves’ current price of $ 399. Just as importantly, it seems to be more portable than the 6.5 x 2 device. , 5 x 2.5 inches and weighs about a pound.
Battery life is said to be in the 10-hour range with fully charged. The speaker has a USB-C port to fill it up. In addition The Verge reports that you can purchase a $ 49 wireless charging station for the speaker. We will note that the Sonos Move comes with one of those included in the box. Roam will also include waterproofing to some degree The Verge did not have an IP rating to share. And as with all other Sonos speakers, the company will offer it in two colors: white and black.
One thing the leak does not answer is how Roam will help Sonos in a challenging market. A new, cheaper portable speaker is a smart addition to the company’s range, but it helps little with the main problem. In Apple, Amazon and Google, the company meets competitors on all sides. That may not sound like much of a good thing, but it’s all over the $ 100 price tag. We’ll have to wait until we get a better answer to that question.