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Sony Xperia Hello! dancing digital assistant now live

Sony Xperia Hello! (G1209) dancing digital assistant (Source: Sony)
Sony Xperia Hello! (Source: Sony)
Advertised as a communication robot, the new Sony Xperia Hello! is more than just another Amazon Echo wannabe. It can be used to make Skype or Line video calls, runs Android Nougat, and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor.

Earlier this week, Sony has announced its first digital voice assistant, namely the Xperia Hello! "communication robot" that can do more than the popular Amazon Echo or Google's Home smart speakers. Leaving the other details for a bit later, we think that it is enough to mention that the Sony Xperia Hello! can dance at this stage.

This accessory for today's smart home has a head that lights up with a pair of eyes and features a camera that can recognize various people. The Xperia Hello! activates when someone is near, providing its user with a quick way to communicate. In addition to the 720p camera on its head, the Xperia Hello! features a 4.55-inch display with a modest resolution (720p), it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, and it runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

The Sony Xperia Hello! can reply to general questions in the same manner as Alexa or Siri, but can also read the news, check the traffic and issue warnings as needed, not to mention its ability to "talk" about the weather forecast (and weather-related warnings) or to dance.

Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia Hello! can only be found in Japan for now and its price tag reads around US$1,300 USD. Other markets might get it sooner or later, but Sony still has to confirm or deny this. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy the official video below.


Sony Japan (translated)

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-10-21 (Update: 2017-10-22)