Amazon added a new portable Echo device to its lineup of smart speakers, but for now it is only available in India.
The new Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition features an 11-hour battery life, including 10 hours of continuous music streaming. The device, which can also be plugged into an outlet, goes on sale Dec. 18.
“Portability has been one of the most requested features in India,” Miriam Daniel, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa Devices told TechCrunch. “You want to be able to carry Alexa with you from room to room within your homes. So we have designed something just for you.”
The new speaker has a similar name and shares the same “hardware architecture” as the Echo Input, per TechCrunch. The small, hockey puck-shaped device was released last year, and it connects to other speakers and makes it possible to control them via Alexa. TechCrunch reports that
The portable Echo’s debut in India is another indication of the importance Amazon places on the country. Amazon has invested at least $5 billion in India in recent years.
Amazon has debuted a number of new features in India in recent years. In October, Amazon unveiled a new program to let users in India pay their utility, cable and cell phone bills via an Alexa voice command. Alexa has more than 30,000 skills in India, and the digital assistant recently added Hindi to the list of languages it speaks.
Amazon hasn’t said if or when it bring the device to additional markets. Amazon is selling the device for an introductory offer of 4,999 Indian rupees ($70), a 17 percent discount off the original price of 5,999 Indian rupees ($84).
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect that Amazon hasn’t indicated plans to expand the device to other markets.