Amazon has had one of the more exciting launch events this year, temporarily distracting me from all the doom and gloom in the news.
We have seen Rng shake up the home surveillance market with the launch of the Always Home
Drone Cam, and now the Amazon Echo devices have had their biggest shakeup in a long time.
Amazon has completely redesigned the range, adopting a new spherical design for all the new Echo models.
Echo Show 10 – Big improvements vs Echo Show (2nd Gen)
The stand out device is the Echo Show 10 with its large 10-inch display which will then pan around automatically following you as you move around.
This has a strong emphasis on video calling, and they have no integrated it with Zoom, making it the perfect edition for a work from a home office.
There is no word on the resolution of the screen, but it matches the size of the Echo Show (2nd Gen).
The speakers appear to have been upgraded, this is now a 2.1 system: two stereo 1” tweeters and a 3” woofer. The older model has 2 x 2.2″ @ 10W per channel
The camera has also been massively upgraded from a 5MP lens to 13MP
All-new Echo Show 10 (3rd generation) | HD smart display with motion and Alexa, Glacier White Fabric
- Designed to move with you—with a 10.1″ HD screen that moves automatically, video calls, recipes and series are always in view. The speakers deliver premium, directional sound.
- Stay in frame—video call friends and family or take a picture while the 13 MP camera with auto-framing and motion keeps you front and centre.
- Smart home made simple—set up compatible Zigbee devices without the need for a separate hub. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights and adjust thermostats.
- Take a look around when you’re away—securely access the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home at any time with the Alexa app or other Echo Show devices.
- So much entertainment—ask Alexa to play your favourite TV series, music and podcasts from Prime Video, Netflix (coming soon), Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and more.
Echo Dot & Echo Dot with clock—New Spherical Design but has anything changed inside since 3rd gen?
The new spherical Echo Dot looks massive compared to last years model; however, the actual speaker remains the same size as 1.6” and continues to have a 3.5mm audio out option
Beyond the design change, I am not sure how it has improved, but I assume that 1.6” speaker is better quality.
The all-new Echo Dot has the same spherical design and fabric finish as Echo, making it a stylish way to add Alexa to any space. It’s compact, but packs in a powerful 1.6-inch front-firing speaker, producing crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound you can enjoy in any room of your home. The new Echo Dot with clock comes with the same enhancements as the new Echo Dot, plus a simple LED display so you can glance at the time, temperature, timers, and alarms. And now, the tap-to-snooze feature that customers love on Echo Dot with clock will also be available on Echo Dot and Echo.
All-new Echo Dot (4th generation) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Charcoal
- Meet the all-new Echo Dot—our most popular smart speaker with Alexa. The sleek, compact design delivers crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound.
- Voice control your entertainment—stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and more. Play music, audiobooks and podcasts throughout your home with multi-room music.
- Ready to help—ask Alexa to tell a joke, play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms and more.
- Control your smart home—use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats and lock doors with compatible devices.
- Connect with others—Call almost anyone hands free. Instantly drop in on other rooms or announce to the entire household that dinner’s ready.
The New Echo—With spherical design and improved speakers vs Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
Amazon has ditched the Plus naming, the standard Echo is now the equivalent of last years Plus model with a built-in ZigBee smart home hub supports ZigBee light bulbs, locks, sensors, plugs and in-wall switches.
Along with the design change, they have upgraded the speakers, again to a 2.1 design with a 3” (76.2 mm) neodymium woofer and 2 x 0.8” (20 mm) tweeters vs a 3.0” neodymium woofer and single 0.8” tweeter of last years Echo Plus
The next-generation Echo combines the best of Echo and Echo Plus into a single device at the same affordable Echo price. Its all-new design and fabric finish looks great in any space, with a bright LED light ring at the base of the sphere that reflects off of surfaces for added visibility. The new Echo also sounds significantly better; thanks to a 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing that delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass. As with Echo Studio, the new Echo automatically senses the acoustics of your space and fine-tunes audio playback – just ask to listen to your favourite music and the rich, detailed sound automatically adapts to any room. For the first time, Echo also comes with a built-in smart home hub, with support for Zigbee, and supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
Echo (4th generation), Glacier White + Philips Hue White Bulb E27
- This bundle includes an Echo (4th Gen) and a Philips Hue White bulb E27 – everything you need to start your smart home.
- New look, new sound—Echo delivers clear highs, dynamic mids and deep bass for rich, detailed sound that automatically adapts to any room.
- Smart home made simple—with the built-in hub, easily set up compatible Zigbee devices to voice control lights, locks and sensors.
- Voice control your entertainment—stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and more. Plus listen to radio stations, podcasts and Audible audiobooks.
- Ready to help—ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices and more.