The 2020 Amazon Hardware Event has just ended, and the company has announced new versions of many of its popular products. There’s a lot to do, so let’s dive right in!
New Amazon Echo
The new Amazon Echo is here, with a completely new design. This time around, it’s spherical in shape and comes with a 3-inch subwoofer and dual-igniter tweeters that are designed to help make it sound better than last year’s model. It can also capture the space around you to adapt the sound output to the surroundings.
The new Echo is also a smart home hub and works with ZigBee, Bluetooth and Amazon Sidewalk.
You can pre-order the new Echo starting today for $ 99.99. It will be available later this year.
New Amazon Echo Dot and Echo Dot Kids
Amazon has also fundamentally redesigned its iconic Echo Dot for 2020. During the Amazon hardware event, the company showed off a new spherical design for the mini smart speaker. It also featured some variations on the main look: an Echo Dot with a clock, as well as an Echo Dot for kids.
Whichever design you choose, the 2020 Echo Dot has a new AZ1 Neural Edge processor for better speech recognition. It can now also have contextual conversations, which should make the conversation with Alexa about the point more natural.
As mentioned earlier, Amazon has also introduced a new Echo Dot Kids Edition. These come in the shape of a tiger and a panda and come with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids Plus. It will be available for $ 59.99.
The new Echo Dots can be pre-ordered today and will be shipped “later this year”.
Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6
As expected, Amazon has updated its popular mesh Wi-Fi system to the latest standard, Wi-Fi 6. This update also changed the name of the product slightly to Eero 6 and Eero 6 Pro. This should provide faster, more stable internet throughout your home. They cost $ 129 and $ 229, respectively.
Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam and Ring Car Connect
If you don’t have a fancy alarm system in your car, now you can simply add one. The Ring Car Alarm connects to your OBD port and sends alerts to your phone if movement is detected in the vehicle. This should help you keep an eye on things and put your leg up in case someone tries to mess around with your car.
At the same time, a new dashcam called the Ring Car Cam works. As with other dashcams on the market, you will receive a video feed of your car that can protect you from lawsuits and help you with future insurance claims.
The car alarm is $ 60 and the car camera is $ 200.
Amazon is also partnering with Tesla to provide a feature called Ring Car Connect. This allows your car to natively communicate with your phone to relay information from the car alarm and cameras. Amazon says it plans to work with more automakers, but it will come to Teslas first and very soon.
Always ring home cam
This could be one of the funniest products Amazon has made. The Ring Always Home Cam is literally a tiny drone that flies around your house and broadcasts a video feed to your phone. It only works indoors but has a 1080p camera. It won’t be recorded while docked, so it should make it a little more convenient for privacy-conscious users.
This will cost you $ 249 when it goes on sale on October 8th.
Amazon Echo Show 10
The popular Echo Show Smart Display from Amazon is finally getting a major upgrade in both design and technical data. The new 10-inch display not only has a built-in 13-megapixel camera, but can also rotate to follow you during video chats or to search your home for security. This should help Amazon better compete with Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max.
The Echo Show 10 is $ 250. It’s listed as “Coming Soon” on Amazon so we’re not sure when it will land.
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote
At the 2020 Amazon hardware event, the company tweaked one of its most popular products, the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It comes with a new version of the Alexa remote control so you can issue voice commands and support both HDR video and Dolby Atmos. The upcoming Google Chromecast with built-in Google TV should have a similar function, although it uses Google Assistant instead of Alexa.
There’s also a new Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite available. It also comes with an Alexa-enabled voice remote, but the specs are a little weaker.
The new Fire TV Stick costs $ 40 and the Lite version costs $ 30. Both will be out later this year.
Amazon Luna game streaming service
Amazon saved the most important announcement for the last time. To compete with Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud, Amazon is launching a new game streaming service called Luna. As with competing products, it lets you stream console games to most of the devices you already own.
Connected: Amazon’s Luna service is taking over Google Stadia
The controller costs $ 49.99 and monthly access to the Luna channel is $ 6. There you will find a selection of games that Amazon has partnered with for this service. More premium titles require you to subscribe to additional channels for an additional fee, just like you would with cable TV. Amazon partners with Ubisoft to develop the Ubisoft Channel, which will allow you to play AAA games like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Amazon hasn’t disclosed pricing for other channels, but we hope to learn more soon.