Motorola’s Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Mod for its Moto Z lineup of smartphones is going up for preorder. The company today announced the accessory will be available for preorder starting November 7th for $149. You’ll be able to buy it from Moto themselves and BestBuy.com on launch day (November 13th), and Verizon on the 16th.
Charging $149.99 for this speaker is a bit on the high end. For one, you have the standard JBL SoundBoost 2 speaker which costs just $80 and can be used to activate the Google Assistant that comes pre-loaded on the phone itself. And then you have to consider a straight-up Amazon Echo costs just $99, meaning you can buy this and an Echo Dot for the same price as the Smart Speaker. For anyone already invested in the Moto Mod ecosystem, this accessory may be worth the $150. But for anyone else, you may wanna question whether it’ll change your life or not.
For reference, you can do all the normal things with Alexa on the smart speaker like set timers, check the news and weather, and control smart home accessories. The accessory even has a ring that lights up to indicate when the user is interacting with it. The Moto Smart Speaker also ships with its own battery that can last 15 hours on a single charge, according to Motorola. Finally, any visual information Alexa wants to display will show up on your phone’s screen.