The HomePod mini is out now. Apple's new Siri-enabled smart speaker is much more affordable than the original, and has been pitched as a direct competitor to the 4th-gen Amazon Echo and Google's Nest Audio. 

With the device now on sale, here's where you can buy one on both sides of the pond. 

When is the HomePod mini release date?

The HomePod mini was unveiled at Apple's iPhone 12-themed event on 13 October. The device went on sale on 16 November and is available to buy now. 

How much does the HomePod mini cost?

The HomePod mini is a pint-sized version of the original HomePod that debuted in 2018, and that's reflected in the price - £99/US$99.

Amazon's recently-unveiled Echo 4 and the Google Nest Audio will both set you back £89.99/US$99.99, putting the three products in direct competition. 

Where to pre-order the HomePod mini

The HomePod mini is now available to buy from the Apple website, where it's listed on both the company's UK and US sites. The following are also offering pre-orders in the UK:

You can add the original HomePod to your EE phone contract, although it's not clear if that option will also become available for the HomePod mini. 

In the US, you can buy the device from these retailers:

Despite the HomePod mini being out now, B&H Photo lists the HomePod mini as 'coming soon', with pre-orders beginning on 1 December. This may be in order to avoid running out of stock before Christmas. Walmart and Costco stocked the original HomePod, but the mini isn't currently listed on their sites.

Amazon is among the most popular electronics retailers, but there's little chance of it stocking the HomePod mini as it's in direct competition with the company's Echo line. 

What is the HomePod mini?

The HomePod mini is essentially an affordable version of the regular HomePod that Apple first unveiled in February 2018. However, despite being covered in the same mesh fabric as the original, it's much smaller and sports a more spherical design. 

Powered by Apple's voice assistant Siri, the HomePod mini will be able to recognise multiple voices to give personalised results, as well as offering a wealth of smart home functionality. There's even deeper integration with the iPhone, while the device can form part of an Intercom system throughout the home. 

Despite the smaller form factor, Apple has assured us that sound quality will still be "amazing".

See our full HomePod Mini review to find out more, or check out our best smart speaker chart to see what it'll be up against.