Amazon Unveils Upgraded Echo Range

Oct 01, 2017, 00:30
Amazon Unveils Upgraded Echo Range

Amazon's comprehensive lineup of new Echo Devices shows it isn't ready to lose ground to new entrants like Alphabet and Apple. On top of that, this new Echo device will be able to support multi-room audio. They're voice-controlled smart speakers that play music, make voice calls, answer questions, and perform thousands of other Alexa-enabled tasks, all hands-free. Check out our all-you-need-to-know Echo Show guide for more.

The device also features new speaker architecture which is equipped with a dedicated tweeter, a 2.5-inch down-firing woofer, and Dolby processing for better audio delivery.

The new Echo, a shorter and wider version of the original, comes in fabric, wood and metal finishes to fit in with décor.

The "all-new" Echo is priced at $99, and the Echo Plus is priced at $149.99. And if you'd like a set of Echoes to link together for whole-home sound, right now you can buy three for just $249.

The Amazon Echo Spot, a $129 smart alarm clock.AmazonOn Wednesday, Amazon introduced a handful of new Echo smart speakers during an event at its Seattle skyscraper headquarters.

The move is Amazon's attempt to retain its significant monopoly in the smart-speaker device range, now making up 75% of the United States market, with as many as 15mn echo devices having been sold to date. Smart home camera support on Fire TV now works on a range of devices from companies including Arlo, Ring, Nest, and August.

Amazon had a launch event yesterday where they updated their smart device lineups.

If you order now, for a limited time, you will also receive a Philips Hue light bulb with your Echo Plus. Those outer shells can be easily swapped and at launch come with six official options to add to the Echo. It claims to have better sound quality than the original and allows several speakers to create a surround sound effect.

The Amazon Echo Connect is United States only at first where it will launch for $35 (£26).

The Spot's primary goal is to act as a smart alarm clock right at your bedside. This time around, Amazon is offering some great bundles that you'll want to check out.

Amazon has drastically redesigned its Fire TV for this generation, ditching the boxy style for something more akin to the Fire TV Stick or Chromecast Ultra. The Apple TV 4K starts at £179 (32GB) and rises to £199 (64GB), while the Fire TV 4K costs a mere £69.99.

It's worth noting that the new device is much smaller than the Fire TV boxes that came before. That makes it more of a dongle that can be attached to the TV. Ostensibly, the user experience still has some wrinkles to work out ahead of the December ship date.

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