Meizu, one of the largest consumer electronic brands in China, is plotting its US debut. Rather than bring one of its successful smartphones like the Meizu Pro 6 to American soil, the company hopes to introduce itself with a wireless speaker.
Designed by Kosho Tsuboi, the Meizu Gravity sits atop an off-centered transparent block of acrylic that give the illusion that the speaker is floating. On the top is an acrylic prism that serves as the speaker’s display.
Meizu said its engineers worked with Swiss-based acoustic experts Dirac to come up with the ideal sound for the speaker. It features two 1.25-inch drivers that operate at 70Hz – 20Khz to provide what Meizu calls a full-range listening experience.
Measuring 262mm x 58mm x 47mm, the speaker isn’t all that large. It’s powered by an Allwinner R16 quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, an AXP223 PMU and 512MB of RAM alongside 4GB of eMMC memory. It runs Android 4.4.2 and features 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth for connectivity. There’s also an auxiliary input for wired connectivity and a USB 2.0 port should you want to go that route.
Meizu hopes to raise $100,000 to help the Gravity get off the ground (no pun intended). The company has already raised more than $8,000 with a month remaining in the campaign. The campaign is of the flexible nature meaning Meizu will receive the funds even if its goal isn’t met. Nevertheless, a pledge of $169 (plus shipping) will guarantee you’ll be among the first to receive the wireless speaker when it ships in December.