At IFA 2017 today, Sony announced a number of new devices and one of the most interesting of those devices is their new voice-controlled smart speaker, the Sony LF-S50G.

This device has been designed to take on the other smart speakers, most notably the Apple HomePod, which is probably the most similar in terms of design.

That said, it is probably more comparable to Google Home since it uses Google Assistant, allowing it to provide answers to all of the questions that Google Home can, while being able to do all of the other smart features like reminders and smart home control.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a smart speaker if it didn’t play music. Thankfully, it can do just that with full 360-degree sound capabilities and the advantage of Sony’s audio knowledge with a full range speaker driver and a separate subwoofer.

To top that off, it has also been designed to work in a range of rooms.

This is thanks to its IPX3-rating via the water repellent coating.

It also features a built-in numerical display, making it great for a bedside clock or even alarm clock, and it has Bluetooth capabilities and NFC for Android and iOS connectivity.

The Sony LF-S50G will be available from November for £200.

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