Until now, if you wanted the digital personal assistant Alexa (developed by Amazon) you’d have to shell out at least 50$ for the tiny Amazon Echo dot. But now the accessory company Anker taking on Amazon. They have released a tiny smart speaker with built-in Alexa that sells for only $35!
Anker’s speaker is called the “Eufy Genie”. And while that’s kind of a weird name, the product itself is pretty straightforward. It’s only slightly bigger than the Echo Dot, but Anker claims it’ll offer better audio and pretty much all the same features. So it’ll still be listening for you to ask questions or give Alexa commands. It’ll be capable of doing all the things that Alexa is normally capable of, like ordering stuff, playing music, and controlling smart home gadgets.
If it is as good as it sounds remains to be seen. The product has launched just recently and shipping began on 16th August. Somehow, if the Eufy Genie manages to at least match echo dot’s features and capabilities, Anker has a good shot of winning over tech savvy customers looking to use Alexa in more than one room.
There is however one tiny feature that the Anker Eufy Genie has that Amazon’s echo dot doesn’t : the Genie will also be able to connect with and control other Eufy-branded smart home products from Anker. There aren’t a ton of them yet, but Anker plans to release some lights and wall plugs in the next few weeks. Considering the price of Genie, we expect these to priced in a similarly aggressive manner.
Anker also plans to introduce an upgraded $40 version of the Eufy Genie. It reportedly includes Bluetooth support. This might let it connect to external speakers for playing music. That’s something the Echo Dot can do, so the inclusion would help bring the Genie even closer to Amazon’s product.
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