Leaks suggest Bose SoundLink Max speaker about to launch


Bose SoundLink Max
A little bigger than Bose SoundLink Flex, the new speaker may have a handle on top.
Photo: Tanguay/Bose

Bose could be about to launch SoundLink Max, a bigger and brawnier version of the popular and portable SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker, according to a leak and an FCC filing.

That will put another HomePod competitor on the market, and it may be a worthy one with quality sound plus portability.

Bose SoundLink Max

Sources like CNET started buzzing about Bose SoundLink Max as an imminent successor to 2021’s SoundLink Flex when Max images and specs surfaced on a Canadian retail site, Tanguay (post since removed). Further fuel was added to speculative fire when a filing for the new speaker appeared with the Federal Communications Commission.

However, Bose has remained tight-lipped about this potential new addition to its SoundLink family. But it seems likely the new speaker will be another competitor of HomePod 2 released in January 2023 (though Apple’s speakers aren’t designed for portable use).

If the leaks are accurate, SoundLink Max will come in blue and black colors. It will measure 10.4 inches in width, 6.4 inches in height and 3.9 inches in depth. That would make it slightly larger than the SoundLink Flex.

But despite the increased size, a notable feature of the SoundLink Max will likely be portability. It could have a built-in handle on top , allowing users to easily carry it around. That would make it a perfect companion for outdoor activities, beach parties or even just moving it from room to room in your house.

Expect Bose sound quality

Bose has always been known for its exceptional sound quality, and SoundLink Max will probably continue the legacy. With its larger size than Flex, it could offer even better audio performance, delivering rich and immersive sound.

The speaker is rumored to feature multiple drivers and advanced audio technologies, ensuring well-balanced and powerful output.

Connectivity and battery life

Here’s what Bose SoundLink Flex looks like — smaller than SoundLink Max.
Photo: Bose

The leaked information suggests that the SoundLink Max will support various connectivity options. Bluetooth 5.1 will let users easily connect their smartphones, tablets or laptops wirelessly. Additionally, it might also come with an auxiliary input for wired connections.

In terms of battery life, the SoundLink Max is rumored to offer a significant improvement over its predecessor. While the SoundLink Flex provided up to 12 hours of playtime, the SoundLink Max may offer an impressive 20 hours of continuous playback. So you won’t have to recharge via USB-C connection as often.

Additional features

Apart from its core features, Bose SoundLink Max might come with some additional functionalities. One possibility is voice assistant integration, allowing users to conveniently control the speaker using voice commands. It will most likely integrate with Bose Music app and Bose SimpleSync to connect with other speakers.

It may also have water resistance, making it more durable and suitable for outdoor use.

Bose SoundLink Max: Price and availability

As of now, there is no official information about the price and availability of the SoundLink Max. However, based on the leaked details, it is expected to be priced higher than the SoundLink Flex’s $149 price tag, considering the larger size and improved features. The Tanguay site suggested the speaker will come out April 23 for about $399.



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