Meet the Google Home Mini, a $49 Amazon Echo Dot Alternative

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With leaks dating back months, and most details accidentally revealed by Walmart yesterday, the launch of the Google Home Mini did not surprise us today. Home Max employs two 4.5-inch woofers, which can extrude to an impressive 22mm to deliver improved bass, along with a pair of dedicated tweeters to complete the audio spectrum.

The Google Home Mini appears dialed in to take the fight directly against Amazon's ubiquitous Echo Dot device.

Google Home Max: What is Smart Sound? And as you might imagine, Google Home Max works with other Google Home devices. It can sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and it comes in both "chalk" and 'charcoal'. While that may seem like a lot, there's no denying that the Google Home sounds like a toy compared to the newly announced product and it's not like the original model wasn't touted as one of the best speakers in its price range past year, so Google most certainly outdid itself this time around. Google has equipped the Home Max with touch controls and the backlit LEDs.

In common with the other devices in the Google Home line-up the Google Assistant is built-in, and this smart speaker supports multi-room audio so you can hook up several together. Pre-orders start today with customer deliveries beginning on October 19.

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Google is making a big deal about the sound quality of the Home Max, and focused specifically during the launch event on a newly designed system called Smart Sound, which automatically tunes the speaker based on where it is located.

Another key feature that allows the user to search more than three million recipes and follow step-by-step cooking instructions from the smart speakers is set to be rolled out in the next few days. It has Cast functionality, as well as input via stereo 3.5 mm jack.

Perhaps the most intriguing new feature is Smart Sound.

The new speaker, which goes on sale in December, is called Google Max. Users can simply tap on the earbud to trigger the Google Assistant or change the track. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything.

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