What do you do when you don’t have a huge market share and still want to sell a device? You put a price tag which tops all of the competition. That’s Microsoft for you. Cortana Powered Harman Kardon Invoke Speakers, information for which was leaked only yesterday, is now official with a price tag of $199.99. (Drum Beats!!!)
- It features 7 microphones which use SONIQUE Far-Field Voice Technology. This means it does a lot of echo cancellation, and noise reduction to make sure you have been heard anywhere anytime.
- The speakers deliver “Premium Sound” with 3 woofers and 3 tweeters which offer give a full range of true 360-degree sound. You also have 2 passive radiators for bass.
- You can make calls using “Skype” with hands0free call experience.
- It also can be used as “Smart Home Control”, but as of now, it has limited device support which includesNest, Phillips Hue, Smarthings, Wink and Insteon devices.
The only offer includes with this is the 6 months of free Skype calls to mobile phones and landlines in the US.
This device is so poorly priced, that I am assuming we will so no more OEM building speakers for Microsoft. Cortana skill sets are at the bottom compared to Google and Amazon services, and they are offering devices that start from $49. If I have to compare this one on one, Amazon Echo Plus costs $150, and it’s much more worth. Amazon is also offering one year of Prime features along with their devices.
It will be available from 22nd October in Graphite and Pearl Silver.