Amazon’s Hardware event is done and the Internet giant announced a number of products and services. We suspected that Amazon was planning updates to its Echo speaker range and Fire TV devices and that’s exactly what we got, along with some surprises we weren’t expecting such as the Luna gaming cloud service.
The announcements covered Ring security, to privacy concerns and a Echo Dot Kids edition, and some are currently only available in the US. Here are all the Alexa products and services announced at the Amazon Hardware event.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon has revised is Fire TV Stick range with two new models. First up is the Fire TV Stick, which replaces the second generation model that was quietly bumped off a few months ago.
Headline features are the inclusion of HDR support and Dolby Atmos sound, bringing both technologies to a cheaper price. Also announced was a revision of the Fire TV interface, with up to six user profiles able to be created and an enhanced Alexa experience. The Fire TV Stick is set to on on sale later in September while the new interface is coming later in the year. It’ll cost £39.99 (~S$70) in the UK.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
Leaked a day ahead of the event, the Fire TV Stick Lite is the cheapest model in the Fire TV range. Like the Fire TV Stick, it supports HDR playback but unlike its bigger brother, it loses support for controlling connected devices such as a soundbar.
Both new Fire TV Stick models boast enhanced processors for 50% more performance than previous efforts. The Lite version goes on sale in September for £29.99 (~SGD $52.60).
Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen/Echo Dot with Clock 4th Gen
Amazon pulled a bit of a surprise with the new Echo Dot. We were expecting a new model, but both the Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock sport a spherical design. We rather like it.
All the latest Echos are powered by Amazon’s first-generation AZ1 Neural Edge processor, which apparently can process speech faster, making Alexa even more responsive.
Also announced was the Echo Dot Kids Edition aimed at children. The new Echo Dot can be pre-ordered from Amazon for £49.99 (~SGD $87.76) and goes on sale later in 2020. The new Echo Dot with Clock can be pre-ordered for £59.99 (~SGD $105.32). That ships on 22 October.
Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)
A new Echo Show was outed during Amazon’s hardware showcase event, and it has more radical design than we expected, incorporating a display that can follow you around the room.
The device’s motion is powered by a “silent motor” and thanks to the redesign, the 10-inch Echo Show can now provide directional sound too. The Netflix app will be coming to all Echo Shows in the future, too.
The device is listed on Amazon UK as coming soon, with a pricing of £239.99 (~SGD$421.27).
Ring Always Home Cam
GDRing Security got a shout-out at the Amazon Hardware Event in what was probably the coolest moment of the presentation.
The Always Home Cam is part security camera/drone, and can fly up from its dock to predetermined areas of you home to give the homeowner multiple viewpoints from a single camera. How cool is that?
Costing $249.99 (~SGD$343.30), there’s no details on a release date yet.
Ring Car Alarm/Cam
Also announced at the Hardware Event was the Ring Car Alarm ($59.99/~SGD82.38) and Car Cam ($199.99). The former plugs into your car monitors to detect for any break-ins or suspicious goings on, while the latter features a camera that can connect over Wi-Fi or an LTE connection. Simply say “Alexa, I’m being pulled over” and the camera will start recording.
Like the Always Home Cam, there’s no details on a UK release for either product.
In what looks like a grab for a piece of the online gaming pie, Amazon announced new gaming software in Luna, which looks like a direct rival to Google Stadia.
Amazon is lined up high-profile games for the service and they’ll be streamed via the cloud with no need download titles or massive updates getting in the way. Titles available during the Early Access trials of the Luna+ channel include Control, Resident Evil 7, GRID, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
The service will cost $5.99/month (~SGD $8.20). No news yet on the launch.
Currently, these devices do not ship to Singapore, a forwarder will be required to bring them into Singapore.