Alibaba Smart Speaker With Genie AI Assistant
There were rumors floating around that the Chinese e-commerce giant was going to release a smart speaker soon and it did so today. The new smart speaker was unveiled at the Drum Tower in Beijing today. The smart speaker takes instructions in Mandarin and comes with an AI assistant called Tmall Genie. Some of its functions include smart home control, music playback and voice shopping. It can also take down notes, shopping lists, and set reminders.
The Alibaba Smart Speaker is powered by the new Mediatek MT8516 voice chip. The chip is specially made for voice assistant devices and smart speakers with Google Assistant and Android Things support. It is made up of four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz.
The speaker has a 360°omni-directional microphone that can pick up sounds from 5m away. There is Bluetooth 4.0 LE as well as WiFi connectivity.
There is no info on availability at the moment but the speaker will sell for ¥499 (∼73) which is cheap compared to the Google Home ($129) and Amazon Echo($179.99). The Alibaba smart speaker is available in either completely white or black.