New 'Sonos Roam' portable speaker rumored for April release

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Sonos's newest portable speaker is smaller and lighter than the company's existing Move, and expected to retail for $169, with devices shipping on April 20.

The device is much smaller than the Sonos Move, Sonos's first portable speaker. Like the Sonos Roam, the new speaker will be able to play audio over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi via the Sonos app and be AirPlay 2 compatible.

According to The Verge, the Sonos Roam will measure 6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches and weigh about one pound — or roughly one-sixth of what the Sonos Move weighs. Users will be able to pair two Sonos Roams together in Wi-Fi mode, allowing for a stereo setup.

It also is anticipated to be waterproof and will feature a 10-hour battery life, suggesting that Sonos intends for the Sonos Roam to be used nearly anywhere.

In January, Sonos' ad-free streaming radio service, Sonos Radio, added several new shows, including podcasts, artist hours, and more.

The company also announced that it would be releasing a battery replacement kit for its Sonos Move, allowing users to continue using the device without replacing the entire speaker.

 

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