Amazon Echo Input portable smart speaker launched at Rs 4,999

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

Amazon today announced the brand-new Echo Input smart speaker in India. The new smart speaker is already up for pre-order on Amazon.in and it's available in a black fabric design. Amazon already as a wide range of Echo devices under its own brand, but it's now adding another new device to the list: the new Echo Input Portable speaker. You can also use voice commands to play music from TuneIn radio, Gaana, and Amazon Music, increase and decrease volume and more.

"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".

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.

The new battery-powered Echo speaker was designed exclusively for India, but will be coming to other markets in the future, according to Tech Crunch, and will begin shipping from December 18. You may not remember this, but Amazon actually unveiled a portable Bluetooth speaker with built-in Alexa assistance before.

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And while it's not clear how many Alexa devices are spread across the country, the EIPSSE will address perhaps the biggest pain point with the current Echo lineup - namely the lack of portability.

As the name implies, the Echo Input, which debuted past year, allows individuals to extend their existing "dumb" speakers with the Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. How about it, folks, would you like to see this thing rapidly expanded to the United States and other countries? "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. Here is all you need to know.

Priced at the affordable equivalent of around $85, the fairly intriguing device is scheduled to start shipping on December 18 in India, now fetching just 70 bucks or so (Rs. 4,999) when taking a pre-order discount into consideration. 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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