When I first heard about this speaker I got a bit excited. I have both Amazon’s Alexa based Echo Dot alongside Google Home with Google assistant built in. They sit there waiting for my commands & I choose between them for each task or question. This Bluetooth speaker from startup Clarity promises to bring Alexa & Google together into one device and for the price, it sounds promising.
On the outset, the device does look rather attractive and minimal. It has a 7 inch HD (1280×800) touch screen flanked by a pair of speakers. It comes running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, not the latest but they do have their own UI built specifically for this unit. As long as they keep up with security updates and offer an update in the future I’m ok with this… for now.
What’s cool is this is one of the first devices to pair Alexa with a screen. I look forward to seeing how that works together. It also comes with Google Now search functionality but the presser also states it also has Googles assistant which was not originally part of this product. May need to look deeper into this. It is also Wifi enabled and with Bluetooth 4.0 you can stream all of your music to this as well. Which brings me to the small but welcome battery so you don’t have to power it down when moving it or if you do happen to want to take this with you on the go.
If you want all the specs please see below:
*Compact lightweight design – Dimensions 326 x 110 x 160mm | weight 2lbs
*7-inch multi-touch screen with 1280×800 resolution
*Advanced near and far field capabilities
*Alexa, Google Assistant, and Google Now enabled
*Powered by quad-core CPU
*Two 5-watt speakers
*16G internal memory with expandable storage via Micro SD cards available
*Android 6.0 Marshmallow
*1600 mAh Li-Poly battery providing six hours of audio and 2.5 hours of video playback
*WiFi (2.4G and 5G Dual-Band) and Bluetooth (4.0) connectivity
While I would normally tell you to stay far away from any crowdfunded product or project but this one actually looks like it’s going to ship. If you get in early you can grab one for $149 instead of the future MSRP of $199. All in all, i can see this as a welcome addition to my kitchen or my bedside. I will be giving a full review once they send me the unit.