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Amazon launches several hi-fi products, new Echo Dot, Plus and Show

21 September 2018

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The whole range is due to be launched later today in Seattle, which sends alarm bells as to whether we'll see them in the United Kingdom in time for Santa as Amazon isn't all about worldwide simultaneous launches. We already had an inkling about the Alexa-enabled microwave, as rumors about it surfaced earlier this week, and images of various Echo devices leaked yesterday. Surprisingly we don't see any camera on the device, so video calling might not be possible. For example, you can ask Alexa what the weather is like in Seattle, and it'll remember you're talking about Seattle if you asked for recommended restaurants nearby.

Smart speakers have started to catch on this year, and Amazon's Echo is undoubtedly leading the pack.

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To give your existing Echo speaker a deeper range, Amazon announced Echo Sub. It also provides an intuitive touch screen with voice control.

The new Dot, for example, is 70% louder than the previous version while the new Show has a larger, 10-inch dispay with and dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator and Dolby processing. For example, you can take two Echo Subs and turn them into left and right speakers.

Then there's the $29.99 Echo Wall Clock, which uses Bluetooth to connect to your Echo device. The display is twice as big and adds Skype integration, internet browsers - the Amazon Silk browser and Firefox - custom apps based on the most common Show requests, and new third-party apps made specifically for the device. Consumers will be able to order the device starting today, and Amazon will begin shipping it next month.

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While the Echo Input allows users to make their existing speakers smart, by allowing them to be controlled by Alexa voice commands once connected. The Echo Link, meanwhile, is the receiver (i.e unamplified) version, created to connect to a receiver or amplifier for similar control via the Echo/Alexa ecosystem.

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Amazon has revealed its first Alexa product for the vehicle, with the Echo Auto set to add the voice assistant to your dashboard. It features a four-microphone array so you can "talk to Alexa from across the room", Amazon said.

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Amazon launches several hi-fi products, new Echo Dot, Plus and Show