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Baidu Unveils Budget Touch-Screen Smart Speaker with Focus on Child Safety

By Ding Yi / Dec 13, 2019 04:54 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Baidu has launched its latest touch-screen smart speaker with facial recognition and child controls.

The smart speaker, named the “Xiaodu Smart Display X8,” is priced at 599 yuan ($85.77) and has an 8-inch display, voice and facial recognition, hand gesture controls and the ability to track eye movement, according to a company statement.

It also comes with access to a library of videos, music, games and online education programs, and has child controls that are meant to prevent children from “overusing” the product and from accessing inappropriate content, Baidu said.

In the next three years, the growth of China’s smart speaker market will be driven by touchscreens, AI functions and better content libraries, Baidu’s vice president Jing Kun said at the device’s launch event in Beijing.

With 17.3% global market share in the second quarter of 2019 or 4.5 million shipments, Baidu overtook Google as the world’s second-largest vendor of the devices, according to data from market research firm Canalys. Amazon claimed the top spot with a 25.4% market share. Alibaba and Xiaomi came in fourth and fifth respectively.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Chinese Coffee Lovers Can Now Order Starbucks Through Alibaba’s Smart Speaker


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