The Echo Dot is the cheapest Alexa-powered device that Amazon will sell you. If you’ve always wanted one but have found it to be a bit more expensive than you’d want it to be, then you’re going to like what Anker has to offer. Anker, a well known affordable accessory manufacturer, has made a new Alexa-powered smart speaker that’s essentially a cheaper version of the Echo Dot.

The Anker Eufy Genie, yes that’s what it’s calling the tiny speaker, is a cheaper version of the Echo Dot. Amazon’s device costs $50 while Anker is going to sell the Eufy Genie for $35. Anker says that the Eufy Genie provides a better audio experience than the Echo Dot.

Since it’s powered by Alexa, it offers similar functionality, since Alexa has more than 15,000 Skills that it can now lean on to get things done for users. Alexa’s abilities include controlling smart home objects, streaming music, reading out the news, hailing an Uber, and more.

Anker has announced the Eufy Genie today but it’s not going to start shipping the $35 smart speaker until August 16th. The company is also going to release a $40 version of the speaker later which will have Bluetooth support.

This will enable users to hook it up to external speakers. That’s going to come in handy when users want to stream music in more rooms simultaneously.

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