Amazon instigates portable Echo speaker for India

By Arhama Altaf - Web Editor

04th December, 2019

Amazon, the American multinational technology company has launched an Echo speaker with a battery pack in India.

The device, called the Echo Portable Speaker Edition, is priced at Rs. 4,999 ($69.70).

The new Echo device has a 4,800 mAh battery that can last up to 10 hours in a single charge.

The 4,800mAh enclosed battery will offer up to 10 hours of continuous music playing or up to 11 hours of stand-by life, the company said.

The company said the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition shares the same “architecture” as the Echo Input, a device it launched last year that does not feature a speaker.

The battery-powered Echo model, designed exclusively for India, is priced at 5,999 Indian rupees ($84).

Users can currently purchase it at an introductory price of 4,999 Indian rupees ($70) and the device will begin shipping on December 18.

Amazon has never disclosed how many Echo speakers it has sold in India, but it has noted that the country is one of its most important markets.

At a conference in September, Rohit Prasad, VP and head scientist of Alexa AI at Amazon, said that the adoption of Alexa in India has been phenomenal.

Amazon executives said they intend to bring this new speaker to other markets eventually.


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