- Amazon announced an all-new Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock and Echo Dot kids edition.
- The device has been launched in three colors including Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue.
- Echo Dot will be available for pre-order today in the United States for $49.99.
Amazon on Thursday concluded its virtual event that saw the launch of an all-new Echo Dot, Echo Show 10, Fire TV, a smarter Alexa, and other home devices including the Ring and Eero. The launch event was an invite-only affair and was not live-streamed on YouTube. So here are all the products that were launched at Amazon's hardware event.
Amazon announced an all-new Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock and Echo Dot kids edition in its launch event. The device is not only a new edition to the Echo series but it also brings along a never-seen-before spherical design, which looks a tennis ball albeit with a fabric finish.
The new Echo device comes in three different variants such as the Echo Dot, Echo Dot with clock, and Echo Dot Kid's edition. The new Echo is powered by Amazon's first-generation AZ1 Neural Edge processer. "With AZ1, powerful inference engines can run quickly on the edge—starting with an all-neural speech recognition model that will process speech faster, making Alexa even more responsive," Amazon says in its blog. Along with the Echo Dot Kids Edition, Amazon is providing a free one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription.
In terms of sound output, the Echo dot houses a powerful 1.6-inch, front-firing speaker, that produces crisp vocals and balanced bass. The device has been launched in three colors including Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue.
Echo Dot will be available for pre-order today in the United States for $49.99 and will ship later this year. The Echo Dot with clock option will cost $59.99.
Amazon also announced an enhanced Alexa. The company says that it has made interacting with Alexa as simple as speaking to another person. Alexa has been equipped with new technology that would help her correct her mistakes by learning from customer feedback signals. For instance, if a person says, ""Alexa, that's wrong". Alexa understands that a particular action was wrong and she automatically corrects herself. "We're taking this self-learning a step further by enabling customers to directly teach Alexa, which will help Alexa get smarter by asking questions to fill gaps in her understanding. This new capability helps Alexa get smarter by asking questions to fill gaps in her understanding—just like we do," Amazon said in a blog. In the comping days, Alexa will detect alarming sounds like the crying of a baby and turn on the lights accordingly.
Alexa Guard Plus has also been rolled out, the new feature makes it easier for users to keep their home and family safe. "With Guard Plus, Alexa can help customers detect potential emergencies, deter intruders and, give customers always available, hands-free access to an emergency helpline," the blog said.
Fire TV Stick
An all-new Fire TV stick with the enhanced features was launched at the event. The new stick features an enhanced 1.7 GHz quad-core processor that makes it 50% more powerful than the previous generation, as per the company. The new Fire TV Stick also provides faster streaming in 1080p at 60fps with HDR compatibility.
"Millions of Fire TV customers in India will now experience an even better and faster streaming experience with this launch. TV at home has become the mainstay for movies, shows, kids' entertainment, and the latest news during these uncertain times. Customers can now get the most out of their TVs with the next-generation Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite. It offers a more powerful and affordable streaming experience with better voice integration with Alexa," said Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices, India said about the Fire Tv.
Fire TV stick will be available in India for Rs 3999 and users can begin pre-ordering at Amazon India whereas the Fire TV Stick Lite will be available for 2999 in India.
Echo Show 10
Adding yet another device to the Echo series, Amazon unveiled the Echo Show 10 at the event. The device will let users browse the Netflix catalog using your voice. Apart from the entertainment services, it will also provide security services such as the remote camera. The remote camera will help you keep a check on your kid while you are away. You can watch the live feed from another Echo Show or the Alexa app. You can also remotely rotate the screen to take a virtual tour of your room.