Sonos Roam SL revealed for US$159 without Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant support
Sonos has officially announced the Roam SL, a portable speaker that will launch in Europe and North America, among other regions. For reference, Sonos already sold the Roam SL in Asia, but it has now decided to release it in other markets. Also, the Roam SL is merely a Sonos Roam with a few features removed.
Specifically, the Roam SL lacks any microphones. As such, the Roam SL does not support automatic Trueplay, a feature that optimises a speaker based on the objects around it. However, the speaker should still be compatible with Sonos Trueplay through your smartphone's built-in microphones. Additionally, the Roam SL is incompatible with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The Roam SL is visually indistinguishable from the Sonos Roam, though. Likewise, the former contains a quad-core SoC with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 1 GB of SDRAM and 4 GB of storage. Moreover, the speaker has an 18 Wh battery that should last up to 10 hours between charges when playing music 'at moderate volumes'. Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ac support is onboard too, as is AirPlay 2 compatibility with iOS 11.4 or higher devices connected to Wi-Fi.
The Sonos Roam SL is available to order now for US$159 in the US, £159 in the UK and €179 in the Eurozone. Sonos will begin shipping both colours, Lunar White and Shadow Black, on March 15.