Love Amazon’s spherical smart speakers? So today is a good day for you (sorry). Amazon has just announced the new Echo Dot 5th Gen, with enhanced audio – specifically, up to 50% less distortion and up to twice the bass at the same time.
It comes in a regular Echo Dot flavor and a new Echo Dot with Clock that has a more advanced display so it can show extra information besides the time. This includes calendar appointments or a snooze countdown.
There are also two fabulous new Echo Dot 5th Gen Kids Edition smart speakers in town! Of these, our fringe favorite is probably the purple dragon, but the owl is also cool.
The regular Echo Dot will cost $49.99 in the US and AU$79 in Australia, while the UK price has increased from the Echo Dot (2020) to £54.99, while the Echo Dot with Clock will cost $59.99 / £64.99 / AU$99. The Echo Dot Kids will also cost $59.99 / £64.99, although it’s not currently available in Australia.
There has been no mention of a new full-size Echo to replace the 2020 Amazon Echo, so it looks like it remains as is for now – but it will be updated with a new feature that means it can act as an extender mesh network for an Eero network.
The full-size Echo increasingly seems to be being squeezed from both sides – the smaller model now promises more expansive, clearer sound, while the Echo Studio can often be had for just a little more than the full-size Echo. real.
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Speaking of which, there’s also been news of a new color for the Amazon Echo Studio (glacier white), as well as news that existing Echo Studio models are getting an update to add better spatial audio processing for 360 audio and great dynamic extensions for place sounds in space. They will be on sale for $199 officially.
Amazon launched the smart speakers at a special device, service and ring event – and there’s a lot to celebrate. It also released a highly specified 65-inch and 75-inch 4K QLED TV, the new Amazon Fire TV Cube, the Halo Rise smart sleep tracker and wake-up light, and a Kindle with a pen for note-taking.