The Amazon Echo Input Portable is here to make Alexa… portable

Amazon releases its first portable smart speaker in years, but you can't have it in the US yet

In a major surprise, Amazon has added another member into its smart speaker family in India - a new avatar of Echo Input. Instead, the Input Portable is a fully-fledged, standalone Echo product, complete with its own microphone and speakers. 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. You can also use voice commands to play music from TuneIn radio, Gaana, and Amazon Music, increase and decrease volume and more.

"Portability has been one of the most requested features in India", said Miriam Daniel, VP of Alexa Devices.

The newly launched smart speaker packs itself with a 4,800 mAh battery and promises to provide a backup time of around 10 hours. "You want to be able to carry Alexa with you from room to room within your homes".

We're talking about 2016's Amazon Tap, which looked nothing like this hot new Echo Input Portable variant, failing to gain much of a following before being quietly discontinued a year ago.

Notably, Amazon thinks the portability of the device will bring Alexa closer to kids. Unlike the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition, the Tap required users to hit a button at the top of the cylinder to summon Alexa, which wasn't exactly convenient (why would you tap on a button to then ask a smart assistant to turn off the lights when you can just tap the light switch yourself?).

Amazon has unveiled an all-new Amazon Echo smart speaker exclusive to the Indian market. How about it, folks, would you like to see this thing rapidly expanded to the USA and other countries? It is a rechargeable battery and you get a microUSB based charging port at the back.

If you're living in India, you don't need to worry about these third-party accessories.

Launched first in India, Amazon has initiated the pre-booking of the device which is set for live orders from December 18, 2019. 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.

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