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While the main takeaway of the latest US smart speaker market report is that Apple’s HomePod mini seems to be generating much greater demand than its full-sized (and “full-priced”) forerunner, Amazon’s surprising and abrupt decline in sales is just as notable… and significantly harder to explain.
It looks like the e-commerce giant’s Echo-branded devices are simply no longer as popular as they used to be, which might explain why the newest diminutive Alexa-enabled smart display is already discounted by a whopping 30 bucks.
In case you’re wondering, the first and second Echo Show 5 editions are not radically different, with a mediocre-sounding 2MP camera replacing a terrible-sounding 1MP camera on the newer device to support slightly crisper video calls.
Everything else looks unchanged, from the 5.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels to the “full range” 1.65-inch built-in speaker, the overall design, and all of the well-known Alexa skills and voice tricks.