Last year, Motorola released a number of Sol Republic products to coincide with their beautiful Moto X handset. And we’ve just gotten word of a filing with the FCC for a new “Sol Republic x Motorola” product. The speaker has also been filed with the Bluetooth SIG,(Special Interest Group)where the product specification document reveals that it will be called the “DECK HD.”
Bluetooth wireless speakers are a great way to remove cumbersome wires from the home. Most have a range of thirty feet and can connect to a smartphone, tablet, media player, Chromebook or laptop computer to stream music or audio. They come in all shapes, sizes and budgets and of course, quality varies considerably. The more expensive ones come with NFC for easy tap-to-connect functionality, long life batteries and, of course, better sound quality. If you have a good quality wireless speaker, you’ll be able to use it with a number of your devices and it should work with any upgrades, too.
Last year’s Sol Republic Deck is an NFC / Bluetooth wireless speaker featuring 360 degrees of sound coverage, a special outdoors mode and wireless range of up to 300 feet. Sol Republic included a fun “Heist” mode that allowed up to five devices to compete for music, great for parties and barbecues. Battery life was quoted at ten hours, which is long enough for most barbecues (and in the UK, it probably starts to rain inside of ten hours anyway!). The most interesting features of the Deck is how small it is for the sound (it’s about the size of a small tablet, but narrower), how good it sounds and how in Outdoors mode, the speaker cuts the bass and increases treble, which gives the sound better penetration in noisy environments. We’d hope that the newer Deck speaker has been improved from the original.
I’m excited that Motorola appear to be repeating last year’s trick by launching a new handset together with at least one accessory, the new speaker dock. We appear to have already seen the 2013 Moto X’s successor, the Moto X+1, going through the FCC. As Kristijan covered the Moto X+1 is likely to ship with a screen between 5.0 to 5.2-inch in size and of 1080p resolution. We expect it to use either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU or perhaps a close cousin, remembering how in 2013 Motorola used a variant of the Snapdragon S4 processor. Motorola’s announcement is scheduled for for 4 September in Chicago, where we may be seeing the Moto X+1, Moto 360 wearable and Moto G2 joined by at least one speaker dock.