That is an entire bunch of latest from Amazon — from new Echoes to a brand new Hearth TV and some loopy little buttons.
Today, Amazon unveiled a boatload of latest at a quickie tournament in Seattle. That isn't to downplay it in any respect. I have been to a lot of occasions through the years, and this one may neatly be full of more new gadgets than any ahead of.
And, yeah. It may be slightly overwhelming. So let's spherical all of it up right here with some ideas on every and what we are hoping to be expecting.
Here is the breakdown. Hit a hyperlink to leap on down, or scroll via for the entire spoil:
- New Amazon Echo, $99, coming Oct. 31
- Amazon Echo Plus, $149, coming Oct. 31
- Echo Spot, $130, coming Dec. 19
- New Fire TV 4K, $69, coming Oct. 25
- Amazon Echo Button, $20 for two
- Amazon Echo Connect, $35, coming Dec. 13
New Amazon Echo — smaller, more economical at $99
That form of sums it up, proper? The rumors have been true, the follow-up to the unique Echo — some 3 years later — is slightly smaller, slightly more stout, with a decrease price ticket to move at the side of it.
It additionally seems to be much better. The elemental fashions run $99 and include a material duvet in charcoal, heather grey or sandstone. When you choose picket, alternatively — and who does not, proper? — upload $20 to the overall, and make a choice from oak and walnut. There is additionally a steel silver end on the upper worth.
It is double the cost of the Echo Dot, however that is going to sound such a lot higher.
The brand new Amazon Echo ships on Oct. 31.
Amazon Echo Plus — higher sound and a sensible up at $149
If the unique Amazon Echo shape issue is more your jam — ya know, tall, plastic, now not a lot to take a look at — that is what you can need. It has got a bigger tweeter than the remodeled Echo, so theoretically it must sound slightly brighter.
However the larger distinction is that the brand new Echo Plus additionally serves as a attached house hub. (When you've used Samsung's SmartThings hub, you can know the place that is heading.)
That is a large deal as a result of hubs are the adaptation between having a number of items which might be attached however do not in fact paintings in combination, and having a number of attached issues that in fact know what every different is doing.
You have got 3 colours from which to select — black, silver and white. The Echo Plus ships Oct. 31 for $149.
Echo Spot — an Alexa alarm clock made horny at $130
That is the only I am in reality serious about. It is Alexa in a bedside alarm-style form of factor, with a 2.5-inch colour show. That suggests video, nevertheless it truly approach more knowledge. And that is the reason key as a result of if Alexa ain't speaking to you, she ain't giving any knowledge. (And who truly desires Alexa occurring within the background always?)
Put it differently: It seems to be a lot like that Vobot alarm clock I took a have a look at lately, simplest it makes the Vobot appear to be a dot matrix Alexa as opposed to one thing you would be expecting in 2017.
Very, very cool. We will simply have to peer how just right the 2.5-inch speaker sounds. Likelihood is that it will be OK, however missing any actual bass.
You'll get the Echo Spot on Dec. 19 for $129 in both black or white.
New Amazon Hearth TV 4K with HDR ($69)
It is all in regards to the dongle nowadays, and the brand new Amazon Hearth TV follows that pattern. It is more than a puck, however lower than a field. And in any tournament it will hold off the again of your TV.
The 4K solution is not new, however doing it at 60 frames in keeping with 2nd is. And this one additionally brings HDR10 give a boost to and Dolby Atmos audio, which is what you would be expecting from one thing like this in 2017.
Whilst it isn't a brand new field, it does have the similar interior garage (8GB) and RAM (2GB) because the previous-generation Hearth TV, so it must serve you simply wonderful. However ... as a result of it is a field you can lose out on an Ethernet port. For that, you can desire a dongle for the dongle.
Additionally new at the TV entrance: If you have got a safety digicam that hooks into Amazon Alexa, you are able to view it at the new (or present) Hearth TV, similar to you'll at the Echo Display.
The brand new Amazon Hearth TV ships on Oct. 25 for $69.
Echo Button — colourful amusing for $20
Now that is cool. Alexa can play all varieties of video games. Now? She'll have the ability to set you up with a buzzer to, neatly, to buzz in with.
In point of fact, although, it will be amusing to peer what developers get a hold of for this stuff. Video games are the most obvious instance, however we're going to almost certainly see such a lot more. For starters, Amazon says to be expecting the next:
- Trivial Pursuit from Hasbro
- Sounds A laugh with Mike Epps
- Buzzer Beater Basketball Minutiae with Karl-Anthony Cities
- Fourth Down Soccer Minutiae with Philip Rivers
- Complete Depend Baseball Minutiae with Buster Posey from Flooring Keep watch over
- Beat the Intro from Musicplode. The Echo Button is not up on the market but, but if it's you can get a few them for $20.
Echo Attach — precise phone calls over Alexa for $35
I have in the past mentioned how Alexa messaging is a huge deal, however something was once lacking. That is the skill to name any individual's precise phone — and it is one thing Google beat Amazon to, thank you in no small phase to having Google Voice and Undertaking Fi underneath its belt.
Amazon does not have the ones issues. So as a substitute it is constructed slightly field that'll hook up with an present landline (youngsters, ask your folks what the ones are) and mean you can position precise phone calls to precise telephones.
Yeah, you will have to have a landline. Yeah, numerous us do not need the ones anymore.
However numerous other folks nonetheless do.
It is going to be to be had Dec. 13 for $35.
That is all, other folks ... for now
That is one hell of a haul for Amazon as head head into the vacation buying groceries season. 3 new Echo audio system. A brand new Hearth TV. Echo Buttons. Echo Attach. That is a ton of — none of which can set you again anymore than $150, which is pronouncing one thing.
Google's up subsequent with an tournament on Oct. 4.
We will have to peer in the event that they tip the size again the opposite course.