Amazon Echo

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch a smaller version of its Amazon Echo portable speaker. A new report claims the device could go on sale "in the coming weeks".

The new report comes from The Wall Street Journal, using unnamed sources. It states:

The new device, code named "Fox," is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of a user's hand, like a beer can, the people said. It calls to mind Apple's popular Beats Pill portable speaker, though Amazon's version rests vertically on a tabletop, these people said.

Unlike the Echo, which must always be plugged in to listen for voice commands, the new version can be charged on a docking station and responds to voice command only by push-button, a necessary compromise to preserve battery life.

The report did not mention a specific price for the new speaker, but it is expected to cost less than the Amazon Echo's current $179.99 price tag.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal