At the company’s hardware event, Amazon has announced a slate of new Echo devices ranging from speakers to earbuds.
Echo (3rd Gen)
The original Echo has been given a design overhaul with a new fabric design that is similar to the latest Echo Plus.
It comes in Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey and Sandstone colour options and inside is a 3-inch woofer for increased back volume. The all-new Echo costs $129 CAD ($99 USD) and set to ship on October 16th.
The Echo Flex is a plug-in smart speaker that allows you to add Alexa to any room in your house with a standard electrical outlet.
The device has a USB port for charging your phone, small speaker and microphone to talk to Alexa. There are even optional accessories like the Smart Night Light and Motion Sensor to add more functionality.
Echo Dot with Clock
The Echo Dot now comes with a LED display which can show you the time and the weather. The brightness of the display with automatically adjust depending on the brightness of the room.
Echo Show 8
The Echo Show 8 is very similar to the Echo Show 5 that launched earlier this year but now has an 8-inch HD display.
You can ask Alexa questions and she’ll give you a visual response and you can also watch your favourite shows from Prime Video on the device.
This speaker is Amazon’s answer to the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max. With the built-in five directional speakers, 5.25-inch woofer, 1-inc tweeter, three 2-inch midrange speakers, the Echo Studio can provide up to 330W of peak power.
There’s also a 24-bit DAC and power amplifier with 100 kHz of bandwidth for high-res, lossless music playback.
The speaker will also automatically sense the acoustics of your space and fine-tuned audio accordingly.
When the Echo Studio is paired with a Fire TV device for audio playback, you can take advantage of 3D audio and Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio for a more immersive experience.
The Echo Buds are the company’s first pair of truly wireless earbuds. You can expect two premium, balanced armature drivers in each of the earbuds along with Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology.
Each earbud is IPX4-rated and the Echo Buds last up to five hours of music play. The included charging case gets you 15 hours of additional music playback or 12 hours of talk time.
The earbuds also come with Alexa built-in, so you can order an Uber, listen to your favourite playlists or find a coffee shop nearby.
The Echo Buds cost $129 USD and ship on October 30th.
The Echo Buds weren’t the only wearables Amazon announced, the company also showed off Echo Frames.
The Echo Frames are like the Bose Frames, meaning they have no camera or display but there are four beamforming micro speakers and microphone to talk to Alexa.
Amazon says the Echo Frames only currently work with Android phones. The Echo Frames will be available via invite-only (for now) and cost $179 USD.
The Echo Loop is the first Alexa-enabled smart ring. It gives you quick access to Alexa with just a click of the action button.
There are two microphones on the Echo Loop and a tiny speaker, so you can hear Alexa. The device will vibrate when you get a notification or an incoming call.
It should last about a day on a single charge with a full charge taking about 90 minutes.
The Echo Loop is offered in S, M, L and XL sizes and can be purchased via invite-only for $129 USD.
All the Echo products announced today are available for pre-order on Amazon’s website.