Sonos is at a crossroads, but he’s about to offer a hint on the next step. The smart speaker firm is hosting a virtual “special event” on March 9 at 4 p.m. EST. The company’s invitation (below) doesn’t say much, but the photo of someone roaming the wilderness suggests the company may introduce another portable speaker suitable for the outdoors, similar to the Sonos Move.
There is evidence to back it up. As The edge Point earlier this month, a Sonos portable speaker crossed the FCC with energy consumption less than Move (an allusion to a smaller, more affordable design) and a label suggesting a cylindrical shape. It wouldn’t be so much a Move-style luggage device as a competitor of the UE Boom and other portable bluetooth speakers. It also appears to be the first Sonos speaker to feature WiFi 5 (802.11ac), which could improve your connection reliability in some scenarios.
It could be one of the most important Sonos products in recent memory. It already has a strong home speaker ecosystem – if it continues to grow, it may need to expand into other categories where smart speakers are proving useful. The company is also shifting his attention further to music streaming offerings like Sonos Radio, and a new portable speaker could bring those shows to a considerably larger audience.