Google Home Max vs. HomePod and Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: conflict of a intelligent speakers

On Wednesday, Google denounced twin new versions of a Google Home speakers: the Mini, that is labelled to contest with a Amazon Echo Dot, and the Max, that is positioned during a oppulance finish of a market, identical to Apple’s HomePod. Both a Max and a HomePod are set to come out in December. So how do these intelligent speakers smoke-stack adult opposite any other? With many of these products still taken in retailers until Nov or December, we can’t establish a best intelligent speakers in terms of sound peculiarity usually yet. Historically, Sonos has cornered a marketplace with a really well-reviewed Sonos Play: 1 and Play: 3, and a association usually denounced a orator with Alexa program built in.


So even nonetheless we can’t make a full comparison usually yet, we are means to line these speakers adult spec by spec to give we a good demeanour during what will be accessible this holiday season. We’ve factored in cost points, speakers, microphones, processors, and more. Here’s what we know so far. (You can corkscrew a spec sheet.)

Google Home Mini and Max comparison

Categories

Google Home Mini

Echo Dot

Google Home Max

HomePod

Amazon Echo

Echo Spot

Echo Plus

Google Home

Sonos One

Sonos Play:1

Sonos Play:3

Categories

Google Home Mini

Echo Dot

Google Home Max

HomePod

Amazon Echo

Echo Spot

Echo Plus

Google Home

Sonos One

Sonos Play:1

Sonos Play:3

Price

$49.99

$49.99

$399.99

$350

$99.99

$129.99

$149.99

$129.00

$199.00

$199.00

$299.00

Speakers

360 sound with 40mm driver

0.6-inch speaker

Two 4.5-in woofers and twin 0.7-inch tweeters

7 tweeters, 4-inch subwoofer

0.6-inch tweeter, 2.5-inch woofer

1.4-inch speaker

2.5-inch woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter

2-inch motorist and twin 2-inch pacifist radiators

Two digital amplifiers, one mid-woofer, one tweeter

3.5-inch mid-woofer, tweeter

Two 2.75-inch mid-woofers, 1-inch tweeter

Microphones

Far-field voice approval supports palm giveaway use

7-microphone array

Far-field voice approval supports palm giveaway use

6-microphone array

7-microphone array

4-microphone array

7-microphone array

2-microphone array

6-microphone array

N/A

N/A

Smart assistant

Google Assistant

Alexa

Google Assistant

Siri

Alexa

Alexa

Alexa

Assistant

Alexa

Alexa by connected Echo(in private beta)

Alexa by connected Echo(in private beta)

Processor

TBA

Texas Instruments DM3725

1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM

Apple A8

Texas Instruments DM3725CUS100

TBA

TBA

Marvell 88DE3006

Quad-core processor

ARM Cortex A9

PowerPC e300

Multi-room audio?

Chromecast Audio

Yes, by Alexa

Chromecast Audio

AirPlay 2

Yes, by Alexa

Yes, by Alexa

Yes, by Alexa

Chromecast Audio

Sonos

Sonos

Sonos

Music services supported

Google Play Music, Spotify Premium, Pandora, YouTube Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio

Amazon Music, Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible

Google Play Music, Spotify Premium, Pandora, YouTube Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio

Apple Music

Amazon Music, Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify Premium, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible

Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more

Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more

Google Play Music, Spotify Premium, Pandora, YouTube Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio

Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn

Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, TuneIn, Napster, Microsoft Groove, Slacker, Stitcher, Tidal, and more

Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, TuneIn, Napster, Microsoft Groove, Slacker, Stitcher, Tidal, and more

Third-party developer support

Yes, Assistant actions

Yes, Alexa Skills

Yes, Assistant actions

As of now, no

Yes, Alexa Skills

Yes, Alexa Skills

Yes, Alexa Skills

Yes, Assistant actions

Only by Sonos partnerships

Only by Sonos partnerships

Only by Sonos partnerships

Interface

No manifest buttons, LED indicators

Light ring, buttons

LED indicators, hold panel

Siri waveform / hold panel

Light ring, buttons

Front confronting camera, volume and mics/camera buttons

Light ring, buttons

LED indicators, hold panel

Touch controls, LED indicators

Volume and play / postponement buttons

Volume and play / postponement buttons

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Weight

6.10 ounces

0.36 pounds

11.7 pounds

5.5 pounds

1.81 pounds

0.92 pounds

2.1 pounds

1.05 pounds

4.08 pounds

4.08 pounds

5.71 pounds

Dimensions (in.)

3.86 in dia x 1.65 in height

1.3 x 3.3 x 3.3

13.2 x 7.4 x 6

6.8 x 5.6 x 5.6

5.9 x 3.5 x 3.5

4.1 x 3.8 x 3.6

9.3 x 3.3 x 3.3

5.62 x 3.79 x 3.79

6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69

6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69

5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3

Speakers

The Google Home Max appears to be a company’s answer to Apple’s HomePod, that has 7 tweeters and a 4-inch subwoofer. The Home Max usually has twin tweeters and twin 4.5-inch woofers, with an importance on producing lots of bass.

The Sonos One, announced usually an hour before a new Google Homes, is an ascent to a Sonos Play:1 and Play:3, though now with twin digital amplifiers. With twin amps, a mid-woofer, and a tweeter, from a specs alone, a Sonos One boasts improved sound than scarcely all of a rivals, though of course, we’ll know some-more once we’ve put these all to a test.

Meanwhile, a smaller inclination have endurable speakers not meant for blustering music. The choice here will expected be possibly we cite one digital partner over a other, that brings us to…

Virtual assistants

Which device or family of inclination we start investing in will mostly be dynamic by that practical partner we prefer: Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, or (not featured on this list) Cortana.

The Google Assistant also got copiousness of upgrades announced during a Pixel event, putting it during an advantage compared to Siri. For instance, both Google and Amazon home inclination now can extend routines, behaving several actions during a insistence of a singular prompt. But Apple’s Siri still doesn’t have that functionality and we have to ask Siri to do one thing during a time. (Also, you can now make your Google Assistant sound male.)

Curiously, Sonos — that doesn’t have a possess exclusive practical assistant, and relies on partnership with Amazon and Google — will have a initial inclination with both Alexa and Google Assistant enabled subsequent year. You can serve possibly with their catchphrase, that competence lead to conundrums when we contend things like, “Hey Alexa, Google The Verge.” Having twin practical assistants during once could possibly be great, or terribly confusing.

Control

Both a Google Home Max and HomePod explain to be means to auto-adjust formed on their positions in a room to give a optimal reverb and sound. It’s also value observant that Google’s partnership with Nest means easier harmony to intelligent confidence systems, if we go with Google Home products.

Although a Google Mini has no manifest buttons, we can daub a tip of it to postponement and left or right to balance a volume. Similarly, a Sonos One offers hold controls and it’s got a new six-microphone array to improved constraint voice approval compared to a comparison Sonos models.

Price

The Google Home Mini, labelled during $49.99, is a same as a Amazon Echo Dot. Choice, again, comes behind down to elite practical partner or aesthetic. If you’re endangered about size, there’s also a Amazon Echo Spot that is designed like an alarm time with a video conferencing camera, though it costs $129.99.

The Sonos One during $199.99 is solidly in a midst cost range, while a HomePod during $350 and a Google Home Max during $399.99 make adult a higher-end side of a market. It’s easy to see how business could be convinced to shopping twin Sonos Ones for a cost of one Google Home Max.

Deals

It’s value observant that a Google Home Max also comes with a graduation during a moment: it’s charity a year-long giveaway subscription to YouTube Red. Amazon, for a part, is charity a series of gold deals on Echo devices. You can get multi-room audio with a three-pack of Echos for $249. You can also get an Echo Dot and Fire TV gold for $80.

With a operation of Amazon Echo products, all during opposite cost points, it’s some-more expected that you’ll find inclination that fit your needs among a offerings. As of now, Google Home usually comes in a strange model, Mini, and Max. And Apple is betting only on a HomePod for a partial of intelligent orator marketplace share. No other association has an Echo Spot homogeneous utterly yet, that might not matter most to we if we live in a condo or a residence with reduction rooms.

More deals are expected to come as we get closer to a finish of a year and as some of a higher-end products make it to market. Check behind on The Verge for a full reviews of all a flagship products above and if we find any plain sales forward of a holidays.


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