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Amazon releases smaller, cheaper Echo Buds

Hands-free access to Alexa when on the move just got better.

Amazon has released updated versions of the Echo Buds that bring two much-requested features: They're smaller and cheaper.

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The next-generation Echo Buds have an all-new design that makes them 20% smaller than the previous-generation buds. They're IPX4-rated, which means that they can withstand splashes, sweat, and light rain.

Sound quality has also been updated, as has the custom-designed Active Noise Cancelling technology, which uses a microphone inside your ear canal to assist in generating the best noise-canceling sound.

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You also get an updated high-performance driver in each earbud, offering crisp, balanced sound with extended dynamic range, wireless and USB-C charging, 15-hour overall battery life (a full-charge gives the buds five hours of runtime). Wireless chargin

The all-new Echo Buds come in Black and Glacier White and are available to pre-order immediately and shipping in May. 

The Echo Buds are priced at $119.99 for the USB-C charging version or $139.99 for wireless charging. However, for a limited time, the USB-C version will be available for only $99.99, with the wireless charging version being offered for $119.99 (qualifying customers will also get six months of Amazon Music Unlimited and Audible Plus for free).

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