Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon is having a very busy day.
The US online retail giant is currently announcing a swathe of new products at its HQ in Seattle including updates to its Echo smart speakers.
The event is live right now and Express.co.uk is in the US to bring you full updates as they happen and here’s what’s been announced so far.
NEW ECHO DOT
Amazon’s popular budget speaker has got a new look and better sound in this latest upgrade.
The next-generation Echo Dot now features a softer fabric design and an all-new curved shape.
Along with this very nice new appearance, the Dot now has improved audio with Amazon boasting that it will sound 70 percent louder than its predecessor.
The Echo Dot will be available next month and cost £49.99.
New Amazon Echo Dot will cost £49.99
The Echo Input is a brand new device that simply adds Alexa to any speaker you may own.
Unlike the Echo or Echo Dot there’s not internal speaker inside the device but this does make it incredibly slim – in fact it’s just is just 12.5mm tall.
Echo Input connects to your speaker through a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth, and features a four-microphone array so you can talk to Alexa from across the room.
Echo Input will be coming later this year and will be available in Black and White and cost £34.99
Amazon Echo Input arrives with a price of £34.99
There’s no question that the Amazon Echo is a brilliant device but one of its issues is that it simply doesn’t sound very good.
Amazon is clearly aware of this and so has announced the launch of Echo Sub.
Echo Sub is the first wireless Echo subwoofer for those who want to pump up the bass when listening to music on their existing or new Echo devices.
You can connect Echo Sub to compatible Echo devices to create a 1.1 or 2.1 pairing for stereo sound. Plus, with the equaliser feature you can adjust the bass, mid-range, and treble using the Alexa app.
The Echo Sub costs £119.99
The Echo Sub will launch later this year
A refreshed Amazon Echo Plus has been revealed
NEW ECHO PLUS
The standard Echo speaker isn’t getting an upgrade this year but its more expensive sibling, the Echo Plus, is.
This speaker gets a new look and better smart home compatibility.
With its built-in Zigbee smart home hub, the all-new Echo Plus makes setting up compatible smart home devices easy.
Just say, “Alexa, discover my devices,” and Echo Plus will automatically discover and setup compatible lights, locks, plugs, switches, and more without the need for additional hubs or apps.
Echo Plus now includes an embedded temperature sensor, so you can set temperature-based routines using other smart home devices.
For example, when the living room reaches 26 degrees, Alexa can turn on a fan connected to a smart plug.
All-New Echo Plus will arrive soon and costs £139.99
Amazon Echo Plus has been unveiled
Amazon has launched a new Smart Plug
AMAZON SMART PLUG
Another new product is the Amazon Smart Plug.
The Amazon Smart Plug is the first Wi-Fi smart plug to use Wi-Fi simple setup, making it easier to start – and expand – your smart home with connected devices.
All you need is an Alexa-enabled device like Echo, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Sonos One, or even just the Alexa app on your phone to get started. F
From there, easily set a routine that turns your lights on at 6:00 a.m. and your lights off at 10:00pm; and with multiple Amazon Smart Plugs, you can control multiple outlets.
Amazon Smart Plug will cost £24.99
New Amazon Echo Show is revealed
NEW ECHO SHOW
The Echo Show launched last year and brings a screen to the Alexa speaker family.
This device has now had a big update which includes a larger 10-inch HD display, better sound with improved bass and a built-in smart home hub.
“Customers tell us they love the convenience of being able to ask Alexa to show them things,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices International.
“Today, we’re making the voice-first, visual Echo Show experience better in every way by adding even more experiences to delight our customers—a dynamic and vivid display makes watching videos even more enjoyable, new speakers for music and music videos, two-way doorbell video calling, simple set-up and control of smart home devices, Skype calling to friends and family, and all-new visual features.”
The Echo Show will cost £219.