Amazon on Wednesday launched a second-generation Echo smart home speaker, an Echo Plus that doubles as a smart home hub and an Echo Dot with a display that doubles as an alarm clock.
The new Echo sports a compact design and is smaller in size than its predecessor. It has the signature cylindrical shape and features a 2.5 inch downward-firing woofer. The speaker comes with Dolby Digital support and new far-field microphone technology for picking up voice commands accurately.
The new Echo comes in a variety of shell colors, including Charcoal Fabric, Heather Gray Fabric, Sandstone Fabric, Oak Finish, Walnut Finish and Silver Finish and is priced at $99.99 and will be available October 31
The Echo Plus comes with all that and a built-in smart home hub, allowing it to act as the nerve centre for smart home devices, from your lighting to your thermostat, security cameras, door locks and more. On top of that it will do everything that the standard Echo will do.
The Echo Plus home hub works using a technology called ZigBee, which can automatically detect nearby compatible devices and guide users through the set-up process.
The Echo Plus is priced at $149.99 and will be available October 31. As a limited time offer, a Philips Hue bulb is included with your purchase of the Echo Plus.
Echo Spot is a small alarm clock which has a circular screen on the front and a built-in camera. It comes equipped with the 2nd-generation far-field mix technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation. In addition it has all of the features from a standard Echo.
Echo Spot can also connect directly to speakers using a 3.5mm stereo cable or Bluetooth to add voice control to your home stereo system.
The screen can be customised with different clock faces, and can also be used to watch video clips, check live feeds from compatible home security cameras – such as baby monitors – and make video calls to other Echo Spot devices.
The Echo Spot is priced at $129.99 and will be available December 19.
|Amazon ECHO Specifications (2ndGen)||Amazon ECHO Plus Specifications||Amazon ECHO Spot Specifications|
|148 x 88 x 88 mm||235 x 84 x 84 mm||104 x 97 x 91 mm|
|821 grams||954 grams||419 grams|
|Room Filling Sound with fabrics or finishes||Includes built-in Smart home hub||Stylish and Compact Echo with a screen|
|2.5-inch Woofer and 0.6-inch tweeter||2.5-inch Woofer and 0.8-inch tweeter||1.4-inch speaker|
|No screen||No screen||2.5-inch screen|
|Dual Speakers with room filling sound powered by Dolby||Dual Speakers with room-filling sound powered by Dolby||–|
|–||Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible smart home devices||–|
|Line out with 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth||Line out with 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth||Line out with 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth|
|Can Control Smart home devices||Can Control Smart home devices||Can Control Smart home devices|
|Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz), 802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz), 802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual Band Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz), 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|–||–||3.5mm Audio output for use with external speakersCome with built-in camera|