Apple released the HomePod smart speaker a few years ago, and since then it’s been the company’s only smart speaker (and therefore the only Siri-enabled smart speaker on the market). At $300, it also stood as one of the more expensive smart speakers, especially as Amazon’s and Google’s models have since dipped well below $100. Now Apple has finally announced a more affordable Siri-enabled smart speaker. At $99, the HomePod Mini is positioned to directly face the new Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio.
Now you have a choice among $100 speakers for whether you want to use Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant as your smart voice assistant. So far we’ve only tested the Google Assistant-enabled Nest Audio (and previous versions of the Echo and HomePod speakers), but we can still compare the size, features, and power of all three new models to see how they stack up against each other.