Sonos FCC filing hints it’s coming for the UE Increase and other little Bluetooth speakers

Sonos is getting ready for the launch of a new product that, according to FCC documentation, is likely to be the company’s second moveable speaker with a rechargeable battery. The unannounced machine, mentioned at the FCC as product amount S27, is demonstrated in tests diagrams to have a wi-fi charging dock and provide both equally Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) wi-fi technological innovation.

FCC diagrams expose a wi-fi charging dock.
Image: FCC

The required FCC label reveals that this new solution employs much less power than existing Sonos speakers like the Sonos Transfer, lending more credence to a more compact overall sizing. The circular label design and style, and the reality that Sonos says the label is seen on the base surface area of the product hints that this Sonos speaker could characteristic a cylindrical design and style comparable to Bluetooth speaker mainstays like the UE Increase.

Graphic: FCC

The current Sonos Move’s size and body weight assistance it to put out powerful audio, but they also make it a considerably less practical speaker for taking on the go. At a significant 6.6 lbs, it is something you’d bring from inside out to your porch, maybe, but Sonos continue to lacks a speaker transportable enough for tossing into a bag and traveling with. S27 could possibly just be the reply for that. The unique Transfer, which was leaked quickly right after its own FCC filing, is product number S17.

The existing Sonos Go is much larger than lots of moveable Bluetooth speakers.
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This would also be the to start with speaker from Sonos to include Wi-Fi 5 the Go supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n). Bluetooth would arrive into engage in extra often when applying the speaker outside someplace, but improved Wi-Fi could aid efficiency when taking part in it around the house as portion of Sonos’ multi-room units.

Other solutions that Sonos is rumored to be actively establishing incorporate a pair of top quality headphones. But a line in a single of the FCC files looks to rule out that we’re searching at all those. “For fulfilling FCC RF publicity compliance necessities, the gadget will have to be utilised with a separation distance of at minimum 20 cm from all people,” it claims. So all signals — particularly that wireless charger — point to a compact, rechargeable product. As considerably as I’d adore to see a Sonos shower head speaker or anything a small unconventional, I’m banking on a Shift Mini. And ideally for a price tag drastically decreased than the $400 Move.