Motorola already has a speaker mod in the form of the JBL Soundboost, but they decided to take it a step further and release a smart speaker mod. In comes the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa.
Amazon Alexa, an extremely successful personal assistant, will be making its way to Moto Z smartphones. With this new Moto Mod, you can take Amazon Alexa on the go. Ask it questions, get Alexa to tell you the weather forecast, get her to go over your calendar, and even have Alexa bring up your music controls.
The mod itself sports dimensions of 153.2 x 73.2 x 22.8 mm and weighs 168 g. In addition, the mod has 4 far field microphones and 2 speakers that have a diameter of 27mm a piece. The speaker brings stereo sound, has a circular LED that lights up blue, and has a splashproof design. It also has an integrated 1530 mAh battery that promises up to 15 hours of battery life.
Personally, its a cool idea, however, it might not be necessary considering the Moto Z smartphones have the Google Assistant built-in for free. The expected price point of $149.99 is a bit steep when you consider an Amazon Echo sells for $130. Hopefully, they drop the price down to $100 before it starts to appear on shelves in November.