Amazon 2nd-Gen Echo Buds Ready for Australian Launch
Amazon's second-gen Echo Buds are gearing up for launch in Australia - in fact; you can pre-order them right now.
The global giant's second go at wireless earbuds are lighter, smaller, and reportedly more comfortable than the previous generation. Better yet, improvements have been made to the noise-cancellation, thanks to Amazon's own in-house development.
Amazon doesn't claim to be the best in the wireless earbud category, instead focusing on features and affordable pricing, a mix that they may have nailed so far, according to early reviews.
The 2nd-gen Echo Buds feature a long-lasting battery with up to five hours of music playback per charge and up to 15 hrs with the charging case. A quick 15-minute charge provides up to 2 hours of music.
As you would expect, Echo Buds work with the Alexa app to stream music, play podcasts, and read Audible audiobooks - just ask. You can also leave your phone in your pocket and use your voice to make calls, set reminders, add items to your shopping list, or even start a meditation session.
However, echo buds are not just limited to Alexa, as they also work with other assistants - compatible with iOS and Android, and support Siri and Google Assistant.
With the human race's rightful and increasing concern about privacy these days, Amazon says, “it's not in the business of selling your personal information to others. Echo Buds are built with multiple layers of privacy controls, including the ability to mute the mics with the Alexa app.”
Echo Buds are sweat-resistant and come with four sizes of ear tips and two sizes of wingtips for a secure fit that's made to move with you. Once found, the Echo Buds form a comfortable, in-ear seal that helps bring out the best in your music.
Amazon is also making an effort to improve its sustainability as a company. The Echo Buds use 21% post-consumer recycled plastics in the case, and 98% of the packaging is made of wood fibre-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.
Amazon's Echo Buds are available for pre-order now in Australia. The 2nd-gen Ear Buds will sell for A$169 with the Wired Charging Case or A$199 with the Wireless Charging Case. Both items will ship on October 27, 2021, but you can place your order now.
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