If the report is to be believed, the new portable Echo will be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Instead of needing a wired power connection like the current Echo, the portable Echo would use a power dock to charge, with a button used to talk to the device as opposed to the current Echo’s always-on functionality.
While the Echo was launched as a sort of experimental beta device for Amazon, the Echo has become a surprise hit for the company. It’s unclear exactly how a portable Echo would function, but losing the ability to call out to Echo without having to provide any other sort of interaction, like a button press, would take away a bit of what makes Echo so convenient in the first place. If WSJ is right, we’ll know more shortly.
The current Amazon Echo is available for purchase now.