One particular device that is ruling the market these days are smart speakers. It all started in 2014 when Amazon first launched its original Echo speaker. With the company’s voice-enabled Alexa smart assistant, Echo made home audio so easy and convenient that it literally took over the entire smart home market.
The Echo range has always focused on consumer needs and privacy. Moreover, Amazon has been updating the device since it originally launched. The new models feature an all new fabric design, premium sound and are available in colours like charcoal, heather gray, sandstone and twilight blue.
Amazon Echo Dot
The device, which is now available in its third iteration, is the best-selling speaker of all-time. Although it may be small, but it does not lag behind in anyway. It’s one of the most powerful devices as the little smart speaker can make calls, gives control of a user’s smart home with just a few simple commands and streams music. It will be available for Rs 5,499.
Amazon Echo Studio
The Echo Studio features five directional speakers for immersive studio-quality sound, room adaptation technology, and a built-in smart home hub making it a perfect gift for your loved ones. Apart from all the Amazon Alexa smart capabilities, Echo Studio is also adding a significant audio upgrade in the shape of Dolby Atmos. Echo Studio will be available for Rs 22,999.
Amazon Echo Flex
This is a compact, plug-in wireless smart speaker that adds Alexa to any space. As soon as it’s plugged in, its on-board mic and small speaker bring Alexa AI voice smarts to every corner of the house, which is inaccessible otherwise.Echo Flex does not have a fancy body and does not support music streaming, unlike other Echo devices. The design closely resembles a Wi-Fi range extender, plugging into a wall socket. Available for just Rs 1,769.
Amazon Echo Show 8
This is the second generation smart speaker and display from Amazon, with an all screen front 8-inch display and a built-in camera shutter. There’s a front camera for video calls surrounded by four of Echo Show’s eight microphones. The thick black bezels and speakers have been shifted to the back. The futuristic mini television looking device is now available for Rs 22,999.
Amazon Echo Buds
These are smart wireless earbuds with Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and hands-free access to Alexa. The device runs totally on Bluetooth connection and to charge them, one has to put them back into a charging case magnetically, has its own separate back-up battery. Available in black colour for Rs 9,200, the Echo Buds are the clear winners. Other devices that will be available are Echo Frames, which are glasses with hands-free access to Alexa, available for Rs 1,273 and Echo Loop is a smart ring that provides quick access to Alexa on-the-go, also available for Rs 9,200.