Amazon has unveiled new Echo speakers, although they don’t look much different from the outside. Once at the heart of the company’s Alexa product line, Amazon didn’t launch a new “regular” model last year. In 2020, it unveiled a completely redesigned Echo with a sphere instead of its predecessor Cylindrical construction. The “regular” Echo is also not tuned for this time period. Instead, the company says it has improved the audio performance of both the high-end Echo Studio and the compact Echo Dot while keeping the overall design the same for both.
Echo Studio retooled comes with new spatial sound processing improvements on Amazon’s previous 3D audio technology. The company says we can expect better stereo sound with “bigger, wider, clearer and more presentable”. The frequency range has also been updated with increased midrange clarity and deeper bass. The company’s high-end speaker is now available in a white color option and the updated version will shipping next month for $200.
Because Echo Dot, which Amazon says is the world’s best-selling smart speaker, the company has also improved the sound. Amazon explains that it redesigned the interior to accommodate the larger speakers while keeping the device’s dimensions the same as the previous model. The new driver offers twice the bass and clearer vocals than the last Echo Dot, according to the company. Amazon has also updated Echo Dot with Clock so that the screen can show information such as artist, song title, and snooze timer. The new sensor and accelerometer will also improve touch control – on both models. Echo Dot will be available for $50 while watch version is $60 and both are available for pre-order today. There are also two new options for Echo Dot Kids – dragons and owls – will be available for $60 when they ship next month.
Today, Amazon also announced that it has integrated WiFi mesh technology Eero in its speakers. This means compatible Echo models can act as range extenders, adding up to 1,000 square feet of internet coverage per device..
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