A few days before the official release of the new Echo Show 15, Amazon has just announced by surprise the release in France of the Echo Buds. Largely absent from the local catalog, Bluetooth headphones with Alexa integrated are available today for pre-order with, in addition, a introductory price particularly interesting.
Echo Buds: the second generation arrives in France
Unveiled almost a year ago in the United States, wireless headphones Amazon Echo Buds are finally available in France. Great news for all users ofAlexa, but not only.
“Small, light and comfortable, the Echo Buds are designed to provide you with optimal comfort and great sound, whatever your listening style” explains Eric Saarnio, vice-president Amazon Devices International. More compact than their predecessors, the all-new Echo Buds are now 21% smaller, each measuring 2 cm long (against 2.4 cm) for 1.91 cm in diameter (against 2.2 cm). Their weight has also been reduced with only 5.7 grams. A very good point for all those who intend to wear them for a long time, when traveling or for sports, especially since they are resistant to water splashes thanks to a degree of protection IPX4.
Benefiting from improved sound quality, this second generation also benefits from more powerful hardware with a Realtek RTL8763C Bluetooth 5.0 SoC, built-in audio codecs and new 5.7 mm dynamic drivers. Each earphone is equipped with an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and a sensitive sensor allowing it to be completely button-free.
The Amazon Echo buds unsurprisingly have three mutable microphones (one internal and two external type "beamforming") allowing you both to be perfectly heard during your telephone communications, to communicate with Alexa, but also to manage the active noise reduction (ANC). This one-touch technology uses microphones to intelligently estimate the sound pressure on your eardrum and reproduce the inverse of that signal to suppress unwanted noise, helping you stay immersed in your music.
Regarding autonomy, you can count on 5 hours of playback with ANC on and voice control Alexa, 4 hours in telephone conversation, and up to 6.5 hours in power saving mode. Amazon specifies that a quick charge of 15 minutes allows you to benefit from 2 additional hours of listening, the box offering up to two full charges for a total of more than 15 hours of use. Not bad !
"With the all-new Echo Buds, it's never been easier for customers to take Alexa with them throughout their day: whether at home or on the go, all they have to do is ask to play music or podcasts, call a loved one to check in, add an item to their to-do list And much more " says Eric Saarnio. But, if these Bluetooth headphones are obviously above all designed for use with Alexa, Amazon has shown openness and the Buds are also the first devices in the range Amazon Echo to be used with Google Assistant, Siri or even Bixby.