A household name in the world of smartphones, laptops and tablets, it can be easy to forget that Huawei also makes speakers and headphones. Previously, its Sound X Bluetooth speaker was a hit (albeit at a steep price). Now we come to the aptly named Huawei Sound Joy – bringing a lot of joy at a great price.
It’s a more portable speaker than the Huawei Sound X, coming with a strap and a rugged exterior that can survive the occasional scrape. That removable strap makes it ideal for taking on a hike, but the Huawei Sound Joy easily doubles as a speaker to place on a counter in your home.
Co-designed with French audio company Devialet, the Huawei Sound Joy sounds pretty good. With punchy bass and reasonably crisp mids, it covers everything the average user might need. A decent enough 26-hour battery life means it’ll last you all day on that outdoor hike or camping trip, and you can always leave it unplugged in a bathroom for those one-on-one sessions in the shower.
We loved the design of the Huawei Sound Joy. Clearly designed for rugged outdoor living, the volume buttons take up much of one side of the speaker, with bold and brash plus and minus signs – much like the UE Boom 3. On the other side There are play/pause controls as well as the power button, Bluetooth button and USB-C port.
A nice touch is that there’s an LED ring on top of the speaker that reacts to your music, as well as displaying volume and battery status. Certainly not essential, but charming nonetheless.
Other features such as the ability to shake the Huawei Sound Joy to stereo pair it with another Sound Joy speaker, and being able to touch your Huawei phone to instantly transfer a track are also nice, though not much. likely to be used very often by many users.
So what’s the problem ? The Huawei Sound Joy offers fairly limited codec support, with just AAC and SBC. Also, while the Huawei AI Life app can be downloaded on Android phones, iPhone users are out of luck – and that means those users can’t take full advantage of Sound Joy’s LED light rings, because responsive lighting to your music is disabled by default and can only be adjusted in the app.
Huawei Sound Joy price and availability
- Available for £129.99 in the UK
- Australian pricing to be confirmed
- Available in two colors – green and black
The Huawei Sound Joy is available to buy in the UK for £129.99 – and at the time of writing Huawei is launching a pair of FreeBuds 4i at no extra cost. Australian pricing and availability is still TBC, but that price comes in at around AU$240.
Hoping to buy the Sound Joy in the United States? Unfortunately, Huawei products are still subject to trade restrictions, so the speaker is unlikely to be released in this region.
The speaker is available in two colors – olive green or black. Both look quite understated but attractive.
- Robust design
- Includes strap
- Bold buttons
The Huawei Sound Joy offers a sturdy design that would still work in your living room. It has a strap included, which means you can carry it with you or attach it to your backpack – and its size means you can place it in a bike bottle cage. It’s also IP67 rated, so this waterproof speaker can withstand up to one meter of water and most other weather conditions.
Despite its outdoor credentials, the Sound Joy still looks quite stylish, so you could place it in a living room and it wouldn’t look out of place. It offers bold, brash buttons on either side (they look suspiciously like the UE Boom 3, we might add). One side has raised, illuminated volume buttons for easy access, while the other side has power, Bluetooth, and voice assistant buttons.
On the top of the speaker is an LED light ring that lights up in response to your music and displays volume and battery levels. This feature works especially well when you’re in a dark room (or camping under the stars), illuminating the area quite well.
- Percussive bass
- SBC and AAC codec support
- Clear mids
The Huawei Sound Joy sounds pretty good, but it won’t appeal to audiophiles who want to hear every detail at all times. Still, for the average listener, it does the job well, delivering powerful sound from its 20W full-frequency driver, 10W silk dome tweeter and dual passive radiators.
Listening to All My Life by Foo Fighters and Sound Joy feels sufficiently punchy and upbeat, yet still provides the clarity and soul we were looking for when we switched to John Legend’s All Of Me.
Turn up the volume and you’ll be impressed by the power of Huawei Sound Joy. It also has a fairly wide soundstage, so if you’re soundtracking a large gathering, it holds its own. When we edited Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, it lost none of its quality and the bass never got overwhelming.
Classic pieces like Holst’s The Planets also sounded clear enough, capturing the different instruments well without any confusion.
Battery life and connectivity
- Up to 26 hours of battery life
- Quick charge support
- Bluetooth 5.2
The Huawei Sound Joy promises up to 26 hours of playback and it delivers; a powerful 8800 mAh battery guarantees it. When you do eventually run out of power, a 10-minute charge restores an hour of playback, which is helpful.
The speaker supports the latest Bluetooth standard – 5.2 – which means you shouldn’t experience any dropouts and we didn’t notice any latency issues.
Elsewhere, the Huawei Sound Joy also offers other useful connectivity options assuming you have other Huawei devices. It is possible to instantly transfer a track from your Huawei phone by touching it on the speaker. Auto-discovery with Huawei phones, tablets and laptops also means it pairs just as quickly as AirPods with Apple devices. Of course, you’ll need to own a Huawei device to enjoy it.
The speaker can be configured through the Huawei AI Life app. Unfortunately, iOS users won’t be able to download this app, which means you’ll miss out on a few features if you’re using an iPhone, including the music-responsive LED light ring, which is disabled by default.