Amazon Launches First Battery-powered Portable Echo Speaker

Amazon Echo Input Portable speaker Amazon Echo Input Amazon Echo Input Speaker price What is Amazon Echo Input Portable Amazon Echo Input Portable price

Amazon Echo Input Portable speaker Amazon Echo Input Amazon Echo Input Speaker price What is Amazon Echo Input Portable Amazon Echo Input Portable price

Amazon has quietly announced a new Echo speaker, and it's unusual for three reasons: it's powered by a rechargeable battery (rather than through the mains); it's only available in India (for now, anyway); and it's rather strangely called the Amazon Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition. The speaker is priced at Rs. 4,999 (~$70) which is a significant step-up over the Echo Dot priced at Rs. 2,999 (~$42).

At its heart, the Echo Input Portable has more in common with an Echo Dot than the Echo Input. "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", Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices India said in a press release.

Amazon's Echo ecosystem is expanding at a rapid pace and the company wants to put its smart assistant, Alexa, into everything from cars to household appliances.

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..." However, a few vendors have started making inroads in this new category of devices.

Amazon's new Echo Input Portable speaker comes with a 4,800mAh battery inside, which can offer up to 10 hours of continuous music playback and up to 11 hours of standby life, according to Amazon. It also comes with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to use it as a Bluetooth speaker by connecting your smartphone. To ensure the speaker responds to voice commands while playing music, the speaker has 4 microphones built atop. Amazon has used a 1.3W speaker in the Echo Input portable edition. "You want to be able to carry Alexa with you from room to room within your homes". Users can also take advantage of the vast repertoire of Alexa skills to carry out more specific tasks like ordering food, paying bills or booking a cab on the speaker. Alexa skills are like apps and add new capabilities to the AI (artificial intelligence) based virtual assistant.

Though larger, because of the inbuilt battery, the Echo Input Portable is otherwise similar to the Echo Dot.

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