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New Amazon Echo to be More Like Apple HomePod

13 July 2017

According to a source, Amazon has plans to release a new Echo later this year that improves on the original in almost every way. The current Echo has just one large tweeter and a woofer; whereas, the HomePod has seven tweeters. It will pack in several tweeters to better rival the upcoming Apple HomePod which touts sound quality as its main feature. It's also going to have improved microphone technology, so Alexa will be better equipped to hear your wishes and desires. All of the older Echo models got a price cut, but the original's was by far the deepest, at 50-percent, which serves the dual objective of getting Alexa into a lot more homes and, perhaps, clearing out some of those warehouse shelves to make room for something new.

It makes sense that Amazon is making such an aggressive push into the voice shopping space.

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As influential as the original Echo has been, it's not aging gracefully against smaller, sleeker and cheaper competition like Google Home. A lot of the Echo fans I speak to have gone out and bought a bunch of the products, in attempt to blanket their home with Alexa.

Following on from Apple's unveiling of the HomePod at WWDC in June - its own take on the smart speaker genre, but is heavily focusing on "reinventing home music" - reports in the U.S. suggest rivals including Amazon are already looking to improve ahead of the HomePod going on-sale at the end of the year.

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Engadget says it doesn't know how the new Echo will be priced but it isn't a reach to say it will be cheaper than Apple's offering.

The tech giant's latest tactic was this year's record-breaking Prime Day, where it encouraged consumers to make a purchase using their Echo speaker. Our source also notes that some design elements might change by the time the new Echo is actually announced.

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New Amazon Echo to be More Like Apple HomePod