Harman Kardon is going to make a few announcements at IFA later this week in Berlin. According to a report, it will be announcing a premium Google Assistant speaker that is going to cost around $700. Based on pictures that have leaked out, it appears to have a small display at the top of the speaker, which is long and narrow and will show what is playing, with volume buttons on either side of it. The rest of the speaker is gray (probably aluminum), and is wrapped in fabric, so it likely will do 360-degree audio – or close to it.
There's not a whole lot known about this speaker just yet, but it is slated to run Google Assistant, making it one of the more expensive speakers that has a personal assistant. Of course, Bang & Olufsen's Beosound speakers are far more expensive, and have Google Assistant as well. Harman Kardon is going to provide some great sounding audio out of this speaker, and that is definitely something you would expect from Harman Kardon, given that is what they are known for. It's unclear whether this will be a wired speaker or wireless, but it likely will be wired like most other Google Assistant-speakers, and given the size, if there is a battery inside, it likely won't last all that long.
Smart speakers have been a pretty hot topic in 2018. And that's thanks to both Google and Amazon opening its personal assistants to work on third-party speakers. Now you can find smart speakers that are as cheap as $30, and some that are crossing that $2000 threshold, thanks to Bang & Olufsen. Of course, the more expensive models do also boast better audio, so you can actually use these speakers to replace your current sound system in your home. Which is also a nice touch.