Amazon has announced a couple of new Echo devices including a new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show and a number of companion devices.
Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
The Echo Dot has been redesigned and has been given a fabric design that’s in-line with their other Echo devices. The speaker on the new Echo Dot has been made larger to make audio sound better, and you can still connect the Echo Dot to external speakers using the 3.5mm audio jack or via Bluetooth.
The new Echo Dot comes in three colour options, Charcoal (Black), Heather Gray (Dark Gray), and Sandstone (White). It’ll cost $69.99 CAD ($49.99 USD) when it releases on October 11th.
Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
The new Echo Plus is now closer in size to the 2nd Gen Echo released last year. The 2nd Gen Echo Plus also gains the fabric exterior and multiple colour options, including Charcoal (Black), Heather Gray (Dark Gray), and Sandstone (White).
The device also comes with better sound and an embedded temperature sensor. The new Echo Plus will cost $199 CAD ($149 USD) when it comes out on October 11th.
Echo Show (2nd Gen)
The 2nd Gen version of the Echo Show has been given a 10-inch HD display compared to 7-inches on the original. It also features a 5-megapixel front facing camera for video calls and, later on, Skype calls.
The back of the new Echo Show has a fabric design like the other Echo devices and is more rounded. The device can also act as the Zigbee smart home hub and it comes with 2-inch Neodymium driver, passive radiator, and Dolby audio.
The Echo Sub allows you to add a wireless subwoofer to your Echo device for even better sound. You can then create a 1.1 or 2.1 audio pair for stereo sound.
The speaker has a 6-inch woofer and 100W deep bass. The Echo Sub can be purchased separately for $169 CAD ($129 USD) or bundled with an Echo.
Amazon Smart Plug
The Amazon Smart Plug allows you to control your electronics using your Echo. It works in a similar fashion to other smart plugs like ones from WeMo or SmartThings.
The device releases on October 11th for $34.99 CAD ($24.99 USD).
Items that are US Only
Amazon announced a couple of products that won’t be available in Canada but you can request one through Wantboard.
The Echo Input is a low-cost option to add Alexa to your existing sound system. It comes with four far-field microphones, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth, and it costs just $34.99 USD.
Echo Link & Link Amp
The Echo Link & Link Amp allows you to upgrade your speakers for high-fidelity streaming music. The Echo Link includes analog, optical, coax,3.5mm audio, subwoofer line-outs and analog, optical and coax line-ins as well as an Ethernet jack.
The Echo Link Amp has the same features as the Echo Link but has a built-in 60W, 2-channel amplifier.
Both devices connect to your Echo devices or through the Alexa app. The Echo Link will cost $199 USD while the Echo Link Amp costs $299 USD, and both will be available in 2019.
Echo Wall Clock
The Echo Wall Clock allows you to start a timer on your Echo device and then see it on the clock. The clock comes with a LED ring and can display multiple timers and show visual animations for alarms and reminders.
The Echo Wall Clock is battery-powered. It connects to your Echo device via Bluetooth and automatically syncs to the correct time.
The Echo Wall Clock will be available in 2019 for $29.99 USD.
The Echo Auto is a way to add Alexa to your car. It has an eight far-field microphone array and can connect to your vehicle via Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio jack. The Echo Auto allows you to talk to Alexa and get the weather, traffic and more.
The Echo Auto is available now for $24.99 USD but you can only purchase one via invite.
Fire TV Recast
Amazon’s Fire TV Recast combines the capabilities of a Fire TV plus a DVR. When you connect an HDTV antenna to the Fire TV Recast, you can watch, record and replay over-the-air TV on the device, your Echo Show or compatible Fire tablet, iOS and Android devices.
You can also use Alexa to control your Fire TV Recast to play your favourite live, recorded and streaming content on the device. Best of all, there’s no monthly charges or subscription required to use the Fire TV Recast.
The Fire TV Recast is available for pre-order now and releases on November 14th. It comes in two versions: a 500GB 2-tuner which allows you to record 2 shows at once and holds up to 75 hours of HD content, and a 4-tuner 1TB model, which can record 4 shows at once and hold up to 150 hours of HD content.
Amazon and Ring also announced two new cameras called the Stick Up Cam Wired and Stick Up Cam Battery. Both cameras offer 1080p full HD resolution, night vision, two-way talk, siren, IPX5 weatherproof, and a wide viewing angle.
The Stick Up Wired can be powered using Power over Ethernet or using a microUSB power supply. The Stick Up Battery is battery-powered, can get up to 12 months of battery life (depending on usage), and can be used with the Ring Solar Panel.
The Ring Stick Up Cam Wired is available for pre-order now for $179 USD and ships on October 18th. The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery will be available in December for $179 USD.
Both cameras will launch in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Australia and New Zealand in the coming months.
The company also announced the AmazonBasics Microwave which can be controlled via your Echo device. This means that you can cook with your voice, use the integrated Dash button to order more popcorn and more.
The microwave will be available in November for $59.99 USD.