ARCHOS Hello smart speaker unveiled ahead of MWC 2018

Another smart speaker makes debut.


Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 may be just days away but that doesn't stop some companies to unveil their products. ARCHOS Hello is one such example. The world might be waiting for Google to showcase Assistant-enabled smart home products, ARCHOS has already started proceedings.

ARCHOS Hello smart speaker unveiled ahead of MWC 2018


The Hello runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and is powered by a quad-core SoC. It comes with a 7-inch and 8.4-inch FHD display which is touch enabled. The clock speed hasn't been revealed but it is backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Hello boasts four long-range multi-directional mics on board, to ensure that Assistant always hears its users. Additionally, you get a 5MP camera with a touch responsive display. The device draws power from a 4000mAh battery and connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

All other details about the device will be fully revealed at the MWC 2018 - which runs from February 26 through March 1. However, ARCHOS has already confirmed that the device will be fully capable of controlling smart home devices which isn't surprising considering that it features Google Assistant but there is a possibility that the company partnered with other players for an even wider range of compatibility and functionality.

The inclusion of the camera and the touchscreen indicates that the device can be used like few of the Alexa-powered devices it aims to go head-to-head with. Another useful inclusion is the battery, which indicates that the Hello can be used outside or on the go. This is one feature many users have been demanding for past some time.

In the meantime, the company has also revealed a manufacturer retail suggested price for its Hello. Both the models are said to hit the market shelves, with the 7-inch and 8.4-inch setup costing approximately $160 and $221 respectively.

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As for the design of the ARCHOS Hello, the entire thing is tucked into a slim metal and wood box, with premium fabrics and a kickstand. The hardware buttons can be found on the edge and it appears to have an auxiliary input as well if the associated renders are to be believed.

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