Report says that Amazon Echo 2 will copy Apple's HomePod design
That means that the Echo 2 will be shorter, pudgier, and be covered in material. The addition of several tweeters will improve the sound quality of the speaker, and to better hear what users are saying, the microphone technology will be upgraded. Currently, seven microphones spread throughout the device enable it to hear you, even from a distance.
HomePod combines a Beats or Apple speaker with Siri.
The Amazon Echo 2 will have some leeway when it comes to pricing. That is because Apple will be charging $349 for its HomePod, which it considers a premium home based audio system. The original Echo was priced at 50% off ($89.99) during Monday and Tuesday's 30-hour Amazon Prime Day sales event. The unit is now once again offered at its regular price of $179.99. We could see the Echo 2 launch in October, just in time for Amazon to grab some sales relayed to the 2017 holiday shopping season.