Audio gets enhanced with 360-degree omni-directional sound. The new 4K Fire TV, which follows Apple's similar update for its Apple TV earlier this month, will drop for $69.99 in October. Its form factor means that Amazon went pretty big on viewing it as an Alexa-based alarm clock when they announced it, although some will undoubtedly find the idea of having a device with a camera pointed at them while they sleep a touch icky. The new model should offer better sound quality than the older Echo thanks to a dedicated tweeter and woofer as well as support for Dolby audio processing.
Preorders for the new Echo devices started Wednesday.
Like before, the Echo lets you talk to Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, play music, control your rest of the smart home, check on the traffic before leaving and more.
Amazon has integrated a smart home hub into the new Echo Plus, which is created to simplify the connection to compatible smart home devices. Five of the products are Echo related and the last is a new Fire TV.
Amazon unveiled a bunch of new products today. Likely as a way to compete with the likes of Google and Apple who are both gearing up for the holiday season, Amazon is not holding back either and has just announced a flurry of new products.
While Amazon may have failed at the smartphone, it seems to have found incredible success with the Echo.
The baseline Echo will cost $100, which is significantly cheaper than the $180 version now in stores. When purchased, it will come with a Philips Hue smart bulb. It connects to your home phone and then allows you to make calls from your Echo devices.
Amazon Echo Spot price: How much will it cost? It's available for pre-order today.
Ask your other compatible Echo devices to call a contact and it places the call using your home line number. The Amazon Echo Spot is the ultimate artificially intelligent home assistant.
Amazon also showed off a new Fire TV device capable of streaming ultra-high definition 4K video from the internet to televisions.
Echo ConnectCall anyone with your Echo using Echo Connect.
The Fire TV includes Dolby Atmos integration, can display 2160p video at 60fps, and obviously comes with Alexa.