The HUAWEI AI Cube is a wireless router that lets you connect up to 64 devices to the internet securely with a 4G SIM. It's the perfect solution for your home because it also acts as a smart speaker, with the Alexa voice assistant built-in.
t’s been almost nine months since it was announced at IFA 2019 and nearly two years after Huawei teased a smart speaker, the company has finally sent us the physical product for us to test; low and behold, meet the AI Cube. But is it a cube? To our eye, it looks like a cylinder… it’s definitely a cylinder.
The AI Cube (also known as the B900) is a Google Home look-a-like smart speaker with 4G, Wi-Fi router capabilities and Amazon Alexa built in. Huawei clearly hopes that its smart speaker-cum-router will be able to take on the competition in time for the gift-giving season later this year. Think, Google Home with a bit less air freshener styling, a bigger chassis and some homepod elements at the top. There are fewer angles and less playfulness, plus it's bigger than Google’s speaker, everything from the matte white plastic to the fabric base portion feels lifted from somewhere else, at least from a design point of view.
Huawei is going for serious multi-functional product with its AI Cube, taking full advantage of its position as a key player in telecoms components. The smart speaker doubles up as a WiFi router, sharing the 4G internet its SIM card slot enables. With Cat6 LTE, the Cube offers up download and upload speeds of up to 300Mbps and 50Mbps respectively. Up to 64 devices can connect to it which makes it great for ultra-connected households. If you want to just use its router functionality, it supports WiFi speeds capping out at 1,200Mbps, (that’s the aggregated bandwidth over 2.4GHz and 5GHz over 802.11ac or WiFi 5), which will more than suffice for most users. The additional advantage of a SIM card option is that Alexa voice command features will work independently of Wi-Fi, so if you travel and don’t want to constantly relink it to a new WiFi, with the AI Cylinder Cube, it’s all good.