Preorders for the new
dual-assistant smart speaker, the $260 Home Speaker 300, will begin on June 20, the company has announced.
The Home Speaker 300 is a six-inch tall, 360-degree speaker with a six microphone array which will "still hear you when the music is playing loud". Like the previous SoundTouch series the Home 300 offers six shortcut buttons for access to your favorite music or podcasts.
Bose is the second company, after Sonos with its Beam and One speakers, to allow both
on one device, though not at one time.
Like other smart speakers users can use voice commands to request music, ask about the weather or control their
. The Bose also offers control via the Bose Music app,
AirPlay 2 or
While the $399
Home Speaker 500
offers "stereo" sound the Home Speaker 300 is a mono design and lacks the larger model's LCD screen. Like the other devices in Bose's Home range an update for both
and Alexa will be available when the product goes on sale.
The smart speaker market is already fairly saturated with Google and Amazon devices leading the pack, and even at the Home 300's price level it faces competition from the well-established $199
and the $299