Amazon announces second-generation Echo Buds for $99


Amazon’s second-generation Echo Buds

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Amazon on Wednesday introduced the second model of its Echo Buds headphones which might be smaller and begin at $99 whereas promising a few of the options present in Apple‘s $249 AirPods Pro.

The earbuds are Amazon’s newest effort to lure individuals who don’t need Apple and to draw those that wish to use Echo merchandise and convey Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant of their ears all over the place they go inside Bluetooth vary.

The new Echo Buds have energetic noise cancellation, just like the AirPods Pro. Amazon says they block twice as a lot background noise as the primary mannequin. The function makes for higher listening in locations like airplane cabins or crowded streets.

Amazon appears to have addressed lots of the complaints I had with the first version of Echo Buds. They’re 20% smaller than the primary era and are presupposed to be extra snug because of a redesign and quite a lot of rubber ideas that include the headphones.

Amazon’s second-generation Echo Buds

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They additionally include a carrying case that is 40% extra compact than the older mannequin. And, lastly, the case makes use of a extra trendy USB-C charger that you just would possibly have already got for your laptop computer, pill or telephone. You also can choose for an upgraded case that helps wi-fi charging, a function additionally provided by Apple, for $20 extra.

Amazon’s second-generation Echo Buds

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Amazon mentioned every bud has three microphones to assist enhance audio high quality in noisy environments. They’ll additionally assist Alexa hear you higher and enhance your voice readability in telephone calls. It improved the bass and treble, too.

There are a few new software program options. Amazon is introducing a function that can assist you discover your misplaced earbuds by simply saying “Alexa, find my buds,” for instance, which has similarities to Apple’s Find My software program. Alexa may even provide public transit instructions in seven cities — New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Jersey City and Philadelphia. Support for different cities will launch in coming months, Amazon mentioned.

Amazon’s second-generation Echo Buds

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Amazon says the second-generation Echo Buds will provide 5 hours of music playback with noise cancellation on (or 6.5 hours if it is off) and as much as 4 hours of name time. The case provides as much as 15 further hours (or 19.5 hours with energetic noise canceling off.)

The Echo Buds will launch on May 13 in white and black. They’ll begin at $99 for the common mannequin or $119.99 for a model with the wi-fi charging case. After a promotional interval that ends May 12, they’re going to price $119.99 and $139.99, respectively.

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