That is a complete bunch of recent from Amazon — from new Echoes to a brand new Hearth TV and a few loopy little buttons.
Immediately, Amazon unveiled a boatload of recent at a quickie occasion in Seattle. That is to not downplay it in any respect. I have been to a variety of occasions through the years, and this one may effectively be full of extra new units than any earlier than.
And, yeah. It may be a bit overwhelming. So let’s spherical all of it up right here with some ideas on every and what we hope to count on.
This is the breakdown. Hit a hyperlink to leap on down, or scroll by way of for the entire smash:
New Amazon Echo, $99, coming Oct. 31
Amazon Echo Plus, $149, coming Oct. 31
Echo Spot, $130, coming Dec. 19
New Hearth TV 4K, $69, coming Oct. 25
Amazon Echo Button, $20 for 2
Amazon Echo Join, $35, coming Dec. 13
New Amazon Echo — smaller, cheaper at $99
That type of sums it up, proper? The rumors had been true, the follow-up to the unique Echo — some three years later — is slightly smaller, slightly extra stout, with a lower cost tag to associate with it.
It additionally appears to be like loads higher. The essential fashions run $99 and include a material cowl in charcoal, heather grey or sandstone. In the event you want wooden, nevertheless — and who does not, proper? — add $20 to the full, and select between oak and walnut. There’s additionally a metallic silver end on the larger worth.
It is double the value of the Echo Dot, however that is going to sound so a lot better.
The brand new Amazon Echo ships on Oct. 31.
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Amazon Echo Plus — higher sound and a wise up at $149
If the unique Amazon Echo kind issue is extra your jam — ya know, tall, plastic, not a lot to take a look at — that is what you may need. It is obtained a bigger tweeter than the revamped Echo, so theoretically it ought to sound slightly brighter.
However the greater distinction is that the brand new Echo Plus additionally serves as a linked residence hub. (In the event you’ve used Samsung’s SmartThings hub, you may know the place that is heading.)
That is a giant deal as a result of hubs are the distinction between having a bunch of issues which are linked however do not really work collectively, and having a bunch of linked issues that truly know what one another is doing.
You’ve got obtained three colours from which to decide on — black, silver and white. The Echo Plus ships Oct. 31 for $149.
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Echo Spot — an Alexa alarm clock made horny at $130
That is the one I am really enthusiastic about. It is Alexa in a bedside alarm-style type of factor, with a 2.5-inch coloration show. Which means video, however it actually means extra data. And that is key as a result of if Alexa ain’t speaking to you, she ain’t giving any data. (And who actually desires Alexa happening within the background on a regular basis?)
Put it one other approach: It appears to be like loads like that Vobot alarm clock I took a have a look at not too long ago, solely it makes the Vobot seem like a dot matrix Alexa versus one thing you’d count on in 2017.
Very, very cool. We’ll simply must see how good the two.5-inch speaker sounds. Chances are high it’s going to be OK, however missing any actual bass.
You will get the Echo Spot on Dec. 19 for $129 in both black or white.
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New Amazon Hearth TV 4K with HDR ($69)
It is all concerning the dongle today, and the brand new Amazon Hearth TV follows that pattern. It is greater than a puck, however lower than a field. And in any occasion it’s going to hold off the again of your TV.
The 4K decision is not new, however doing it at 60 frames per second is. And this one additionally brings HDR10 help and Dolby Atmos audio, which is what you’d count on from one thing like this in 2017.
Whereas it is not a brand new field, it does have the identical inner storage (8GB) and RAM (2GB) because the previous-generation Hearth TV, so it ought to serve you simply fantastic. However … as a result of it is a field you may lose out on an Ethernet port. For that, you may want a dongle for the dongle.
Additionally new on the TV entrance: In the event you’ve obtained a safety digicam that hooks into Amazon Alexa, you’ll view it on the brand new (or current) Hearth TV, identical to you may on the Echo Present.
The brand new Amazon Hearth TV ships on Oct. 25 for $69.
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Echo Button — colourful enjoyable for $20
Now that is cool. Alexa can play all kinds of video games. Now? She’ll be capable of set you up with a buzzer to, effectively, to buzz in with.
Actually, although, it’s going to be enjoyable to see what builders provide you with for these items. Video games are the plain instance, however we’ll most likely see a lot extra. For starters, Amazon says to count on the next:
Trivial Pursuit from Hasbro
Sounds Enjoyable with Mike Epps
Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia with Karl-Anthony Cities
Fourth Down Soccer Trivia with Philip Rivers
Full Depend Baseball Trivia with Buster Posey from Floor Management
Beat the Intro from Musicplode.
The Echo Button is not up on the market but, however when it’s you may get a few them for $20.
Echo Join — precise cellphone calls over Alexa for $35
I’ve beforehand talked about how Alexa messaging is a giant deal, however one factor was lacking. That is the power to name somebody’s precise cellphone — and it is one thing Google beat Amazon to, thanks in no small half to having Google Voice and Mission Fi beneath its belt.
Amazon does not have these issues. So as a substitute it is constructed slightly field that’ll connect with an current landline (youngsters, ask your mother and father what these are) and permit you to place precise cellphone calls to precise telephones.
Yeah, you may must have a landline. Yeah, a variety of us haven’t got these anymore.
However a variety of of us nonetheless do.
It’s going to be out there Dec. 13 for $35.
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That is all, of us … for now
That is one hell of a haul for Amazon as head head into the vacation procuring season. Three new Echo audio system. A brand new Hearth TV. Echo Buttons. Echo Join. That is a ton of — none of which is able to set you again anymore than $150, which is saying one thing.
Google’s up subsequent with an occasion on Oct. four.
We’ll must see in the event that they tip the dimensions again the opposite route.