HomePod Mini preorders are live now

From CNET: If you've been waiting for Apple's smallest smart speaker to arrive, today is your day. Customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, the UK and the US can now order the HomePod Mini on Apple's website.

HomePod Mini is the $99 smart speaker Apple announced in October. It'll be available in white and space gray, priced at $99 (£99, AU$149). That's the same price as the newest (also spherical) Amazon Echo and Google's brand-new Nest Audio.

Like the original HomePod, the Mini features a backlit touch surface for volume and Siri controls. It includes helpful features like Intercom, Apple CarPlay integration, stereo pairing and multiroom audio.

The HomePod Mini is significantly smaller than its predecessor. Wrapped in a mesh fabric, it measures 3.3 inches tall and 3.9 inches wide (84 by 98 millimeters) and weighs 0.76 pounds (345 grams). By comparison, Amazon's new, similarly spherical fourth-gen Echo Dot is 3.5 inches tall, and Google's puck-shaped Nest Mini is 1.65 inches tall.

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