Alexa, what smart speaker should I get? OK Google, which voice assistant is the smartest? Apparently, if you were to ask the people at Microsoft and Harman Kardon, the newest answer to those questions would be the Harman Kardon Invoke, powered by Microsoft Cortana. Yes, it’s another always-listening speaker ready to dish out the answers you need.

Following some rumblings on the Internet, the Harman Kardon Invoke was officially announced earlier today. As you can probably guess, it borrows a lot of its inspiration from similar devices already on the market, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Harman Kardon Invoke Sets Sights on Amazon Echo

The cylindrical device features 360-degree speakers, an array of seven microphones, and a glowing light ring on the top. By way of Microsoft’s Cortana, you can ask questions, control your smart home devices, and even make and receive Skype calls. Going with Cortana is a bit of a curiosity, seeing how Harman Kardon is a division of Harman International Industries, which in turn is owned by Samsung Electronics.

You’d think they’d try to shove Bixby down our throats with this one too. Or maybe there will be a Bixby edition down the line. Who knows?

Since the Invoke is a Harman Kardon product, they’ve put in quite a bit of effort to up the audio game here. You get three woofers and three tweeters to enjoy whatever your jam may be, a sharp increase from the one woofer and one tweeter in the equivalent Amazon Echo.


While we don’t see any pricing information on the official product page, it does indicate that the Harman Kardon Invoke is coming this fall. But hey, by then, we might have an Amazon Echo with a touchscreen already.

Harman Kardon Invoke Sets Sights on Amazon Echo

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