Google Home and Home Mini launched in India

Google has launched its Home and Home Mini speakers in India at an event today. The voice controlled devices are capable of performing a range of tasks, from playing music and checking traffic to reading out news and recipes. Google Home is priced at Rs 9,999 and will be available in Chalk colour, whereas the Google Home Mini will cost Rs 5,499 and comes in Chalk and Charcoal colour models, with a Coral colour variant coming soon. Both the speakers will be available online exclusively via Flipkart and offline via retail stores like Reliance Digital, Chroma and others. Those purchasing the device will also get a free six months subscription to Google Play Music and some special offers from Gaana and Saavn Music. There is also a 10 percent discount if the speakers are purchased using an HDFC bank credit card.

Google Home will be competing with Amazon Echo. It comes in a cylindrical form factor measuring 233.4 x 96.3 x 142.7 mm in dimensions. The base comes with a fabric cover, which can come in different colours, and you can customise it according to your preference. The top portion is white in colour. On the sloping top edge, you have two microphones. It weighs in at 477 grams.

On removing the gray coloured fabric cover, you see the internals of the Google Home, which comprises two 2-inch drivers and two 2-inch passive radiators. It supports 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. Four coloured LEDs and white-coloured LED rings denote the various operations of the Home.

The Google Home Mini is a compact version of the Google Home and can be considered as a direct competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot. The Mini comes in three colours, namely chalk, charcoal and coral, and it looks like the fibre cover comprises the majority of the Home Mini. There are four LED lights on the top, which indicate operational functions.

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