Tencent is to launch its own smart speaker that offers functionality from the Tencent family such as sending WeChat messages via voice command and—unlike all the other smart speakers on the market, contains a battery and so is fully portable—according to 36Kr (in Chinese). The official launch date is not yet available, but the app is already up on Apple’s App Store.

Tencent has confirmed to TechNode that the speaker is in internal testing but would not share any further detail about the launch date or features.

The Tingting (听听, “listen”) speaker is the first AI smart home product released by the Tencent Smart Innovation unit. The photos from 36Kr reveal that design-wise it looks like any other smart speaker. With an internal battery, it is potentially more portable than other smart speakers on the market, but its killer feature is its integration with Tencent’s ecosystem. The operating system for the speakers is as yet unknown though it is reported to be able to send WeChat messages directly.

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