Amazon launches new battery-powered Echo exclusively for India

Amazon has launched a new Echo smart speaker exclusively for the Indian market. The Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition is a compact speaker with 360-degree sound and, unusually for the Echo line, a built-in rechargeable battery. Amazon says the 4,800mAh capacity should be good for 10 hours of music playback and 11 hours of standby battery life.

The name of the product is a little curious — it doesn’t appear to share the Echo Input’s key feature of adding Alexa to an existing speaker setup. Instead, Amazon is pitching the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition as another way to get Alexa anywhere in the home.

“Portability has been one of the most requested features in India,” Amazon’s Alexa devices VP Miriam Daniel said in…

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Author: Sam Byford