Amazon has announced the launch of three Alexa-powered smart speakers in India. The company has launched Amazon Echo, Echo Plus for Rs 9,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively, while the Echo Dot speaker comes with a price tag of Rs 4,499.
Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot are available by invitation to customers and it will start shipping in the country later this month. Further, customers can request an invitation to purchase the speakers from Amazon India website. Additionally, eligible customers will receive an introductory discount of 30 percent off the purchase price of Echo devices and one year of Prime membership. Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot will also be available at Croma, Reliance Digital stores and other offline retailers following the invite-only period.
Starting with new Echo, the speaker features a cylindrical shape and comes equipped with a 2.5-inch downward-firing woofer. The Bluetooth speaker comes with Dolby Digital and there is a new microphone technology that allows voice commands to be picked from a distance quite accurately. The speaker comes loaded with Alexa and it can be used to trigger multiple actions.
Coming to Echo Plus, the smart speaker also doubles as a smart hub, which makes it easier to connect to compatible smart home devices. The speaker comes with a 360-degree omni-directional audio with Dolby processing that the company claims can provide deep bass and crisp high notes.
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Lastly, coming to the Echo Dot speaker, it is a hands-free, voice controlled device that is powered by Alexa and uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Echo Dot has a compact design and comes in either black or white colour options. With the built-in speaker, users can talk with Alexa and listen to music, or Echo Dot can directly connect to speakers through Bluetooth or by using a 3.5mm stereo cable, enabling you to add Alexa to any home entertainment system.