Amazon held a big hardware event today at The Seattle Spheres, located at Amazon’s headquarters campus in Washington state. The event was notable for Amazon, with senior vice president of Amazon Devices Dave Limp stating that it marked the largest number of devices and features that Amazon has ever debuted in one day.
The first product unveiling was a new and upgraded Echo Dot, which includes a brand new mic array for better performance. The company says the driver is much larger — increasing from 1.1″ to a 1.6″ driver — resulting in more powerful sound with lower distortion, enhanced bass reproduction, and increased overall max volume.
Through all of the upgrades, Echo Dot’s footprint still hasn’t increased and the price will remain at $49.99, just like previous generations. The new Echo Dot ships in October, and pre-orders go up today.
There’s also a new mainline Echo device, the new Echo Plus. This generation has more powerful sound with stronger bass and clearer playback. There’s a new equalizer feature that lets you use your voice to adjust the bass and treble through Alexa, a built-in smart home hub so you can set up devices by stating “Alexa, discover my devices,” and an integrated temperature sensor so you can trigger routines based on how cool or hot the room is.
Echo Plus will cost $149.99 and is up for pre-order today before its October launch.
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