Sonos is working on a Bluetooth portable speaker, a first for the company, as the speaker series currently requires Wi-Fi and connectivity.
However, a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States has revealed what this alleged Bluetooth speaker will look like, shared by Zatz Not Funny .
We have a design similar to the company's Sonos One, but according to a source that speaks to The Verge it is "taller and slightly wider" than the latter and Play: 1
This Sonos speaker with model name "S17" will support Bluetooth audio streaming, Bluetooth Low Energy and voice controls through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The source goes on to say that it can be charged via a base station or USB-C, and the back of the speaker comes with a built-in handle to easily carry the device. There's also a Bluetooth / Wi-Fi button on the back of this new speaker to switch between both modes.
Bluetooth mode has limitations, since the speaker cannot be controlled by the Sonos app or perform searches with Alexa or Google. This speaker will also support Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol, such as the latest Sonos speakers.
A new feature comes called Auto Trueplay, which means the speaker will constantly position itself – no matter where you put it – instead of walking around the room waving your iPhone upside down, a requirement for current Sonos speakers. Apple's HomePod has a similar feature, as does Google Home Max.
Sonos sent invitations to a media event held later this month, and we could very well hear about the debut of this Bluetooth speaker.