Inc42 Shots | Amazon Launches Portable Echo Input: Price, Features and More

Inc42 Shots | Amazon Launches Portable Echo Input: Price, Features and More

Inc42 Shots | Amazon Launches Portable Echo Input: Price, Features and More

Spurred by the success of Echo smart speakers and the growing smart home market in India, Amazon has come up with a portable Echo Input speaker for Indian customers.

The name of the new product is a bit confusing – the Echo Input was like a Fire TV stick for speakers, it made a dumb speaker smart by driving them over a 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth.

Plus, you can now preorder the new Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition for an introductory price of 4,999 rupees (about $70 / £60 / AU$130). You can also use voice commands to play music from TuneIn radio, Gaana, and Amazon Music, increase and decrease volume and more.

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..."

Amazon sells a lot of Echo-branded devices nowadays in the USA and many other markets around the world, most of which are created to smarten up your home.

As the name suggests, the Echo Input Portable has been created to work wirelessly and can be easily carried around. When we find out for sure, we'll let you know.

Instead of "tapping" a button, Echo Input Portable owners will be able to activate the voice voice right off the bat.

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.

For those in the West, there are some third-party accessories created to bring portability to the Amazon Echo.

If you're living in India, you don't need to worry about these third-party accessories. It will be initially available only in India at an introductory price of ₹4,999 with pre-order starting on 4 December on and the final release is expected on 18 December. Coming in at the equivalent of 5,000 Indian rupees (roughly $70), it looks to be a sort of middle ground between the 3rd-gen Echo (normally $100) and the budget-oriented Echo Dot, which is typically priced at $50.

You can also use that hefty battery pack to charge your smartphone from the speaker base too, which makes it handy if you want to take Alexa with you outdoors for a BBQ.

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