Specifically for the Indian market, Amazon has launched its new Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition. Unlike echo’s existing product line, this compact smart speaker offers 360-degree surround sound with a built-in rechargeable battery. Amazon says the built-in 4800mAh battery is enough to play 10 hours of music and 11 hours of standby time.
The product also has alexa voice assistant service built in, but unlike the existing Echo Input product line, which requires users to interact in a fixed location, it allows users to answer your questions from anywhere in the home. “Mobility has always been one of the most popular features in the Indian market, and you can carry Alexa with you at home, so we designed something like this for you,” Miriam Daniel, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa devices, toldmedia outlet TechCrunch. “
Amazon does not currently sell any battery-powered Echo speakers in the West. Although the company did launch a product called Amazon Tap in 2016, it was not widely welcomed and discontinued last year. But this new product has corrected one of its biggest drawbacks, which is that a button is required to activate Alexa.
Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition is currently available on Amazon’s website in India, with a current discount of 4,999 rupees ($492.39) and a normal price of 5,999 rupees ($590.89). The product will be shipped on December 18.