In March, it was reported by The Verge that Sonos is working on a second generation of its portable Move speaker. New details have now emerged, including a longer battery life, stereo sound upgrade, line-in connectivity through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a new color option, and more. Chris Welch from The Verge has revealed more information about the upcoming Sonos Move 2 portable speaker. While it was initially expected to be a minor update, it turns out that Sonos has some significant improvements planned. Although the overall design remains the same as the original, the Move 2 will come in a new "olive color" that combines black and white. The touch controls on the top of the speaker have also been updated to match the new Sonos Era 300 and 100. However, the most notable enhancements are found inside the speaker. The Move 2 will have a battery life of 24 hours, a significant improvement from the 10-hour battery life of its predecessor. Sonos has also worked on reducing power consumption in standby mode. In terms of performance, the Move 2 will offer stereo sound, the ability to play Bluetooth audio through a Sonos system with Wi-Fi, and an option to use wired line-in over USB-C. Like the original Move, the Move 2 will be dust and water-resistant with drop protection. It will also feature HomeKit/AirPlay support, but with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. The Verge speculates that the Sonos Move 2 will be launched in late September at a slightly higher price of $449, compared to the $399 of the first generation. In my view, the original Move has stood the test of time in terms of audio performance, features, and durability since its launch four years ago. It is a versatile speaker that can be used both indoors and outdoors, with support for WiFi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay. The Move 2 appears to be a great upgrade with its significantly longer battery life, improved stereo sound, and other added features. What do you think? Does the higher price tag of $449 seem reasonable for these enhancements? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
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