Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
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First Amazon Echo portable speaker to hit the shelves in December

First Amazon Echo portable speaker to hit the shelves in December

Amazon is launching a brand-new Echo speaker today.

It's also more expensive than the $49.99 / £49.99 / AU$79 Echo Dot, although the convenience of portability could justify the new Input's relatively high price. All in all, this feels largely like an experiment meant to gauge interest in portable and compact smart speakers, which is why it's not that shocking to see the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition exclusively released in one (big) market. for now. That number only goes up to 11 hours when the gadget is in standby mode, so Amazon recommends keeping it plugged in (or at least switched off) when you aren't actively using it.

Talking about the new smart speaker, Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices in India said, "Customers in India love Alexa, and told us that they want to carry their Echo device from room to room so that they can have an uninterrupted hands-free Alexa experience..."

After launching almost a dozen Echo speaker models in India in two years, Amazon said on Wednesday it is adding a new variant to the mix that addresses one of the most requested features from customers in the nation: Portability.

To be clear, this new gadget is not the same as the existing Input, which was created to be a companion device for "dumb" speakers (it brings Alexa to non-Alexa devices, in other words).

The feedback led the company's product teams to develop Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker as a solution - a device that packs a 4,800mAh battery and promises up to 10 hours of music playback on a single charge. "We're excited to offer this new Alexa experience in India, and we can not wait to see how our Indian customers enjoy the flexibility of a portable Alexa in their homes". Yet another smart speaker, this one is for moments when you would want to carry along your music with you.

Since its launch in 2017, Amazon's Echo series has changed the way how Indians used to think of speakers. How about it, folks, would you like to see this thing rapidly expanded to the USA and other countries? Here is all you need to know. Users can now purchase it at an introductory price of 4,999 Indian rupees ($70) and the device will begin shipping on December 18.

It's priced at 5,999 Indian rupees, which works out at around $84 / £70 / AU$160 based on current conversion rates - although the pricing could be quite different when it launches in Western markets.

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