Sonos Likely Planning a Smaller, Cheaper Portable Speaker

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The Sonos Move is an excellent portable speaker and so far the only Sonos model that offers the versatility of a Bluetooth connection. But if a recently discovered FCC filing is any indication, we could soon see a much smaller, and potentially less expensive, edition of the Sonos Move – maybe a Move Mini.

As The Verge points out, the drawing included in the FCC documents clearly shows a device with its own wireless charging cradle (a design similar to the existing Move), but one that is also round, cylindrical in shape.

Other cues on the tray that indicate a smaller train are a circular label that is laser etched onto the bottom of the device and a power requirement that is less than that of the train. The Move charging station needs 18 volts and outputs 2.5 amps. However, the label on the FCC file lists 5 volts or 3 amps. At 5 volts, the new charging station can be powered by a USB port on a computer or another USB power source, while the Move charger requires its own power source.

Like the Move, the new device also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

A smaller, cheaper portable speaker would give Sonos the opportunity to compete with the relatively large number of Bluetooth speakers, which are in the $ 100-250 range and currently offer much greater portability than the Move. The move sounds great, but it’s too heavy and awkward to do anything other than maybe a trip to the cabin. You certainly wouldn’t throw it in a backpack or beach bag.

A Move Mini would probably compete with speakers from Ultimate Ears. The $ 250 UE Megablast seems to be the most obvious competitor as it has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections and offers the same ability to be a smart speaker at home and a wireless speaker on the go.

One of the most interesting features of the Move is the user-replaceable battery. There’s no indication yet whether this will be a feature on a smaller version of the Move, and there is no way of knowing how long that battery will last. The Megablast lasts 16 hours between charges, which could be a good indicator.

One Move feature that is almost guaranteed to come back on a small model is the company’s Auto Trueplay technology, which allows the Move to calibrate itself when you reposition it using its internal microphones.

The IP67 rating of the Megablast offers more protection against dust and water than the IP56 rating of the Move. We therefore believe that it is likely that every Move Mini will survive complete immersion in water.

The $ 200-250 range would be an absolutely mind-boggling price tag for a Move Mini, but we suspect that if you know Sonos, it will land closer to the higher end of that range, or even $ 300.

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