05 February 2020
Amazon's annual hardware event for 2019 was full of announcements where it unveiled various Alexa-powered products with the goal to have at least one product for everyone. We have already covered 3rd Gen Echo smart speakers, Echo Buds wireless earphones, and limited edition Echo Frames and Loops. In this article, we will talk about Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Studio, and Echo Show 8.
The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock is a product exactly what its name suggests. It is an Echo Dot like the one you can already buy but with the additional functionality of a clock. It has an LED display on the front that shows the current time by default. Amazon said "Alexa, What time is it?" is one of the most commonly asked questions which is the reason they come up with this new device.
The display can also be used for seeing temperature, timers, and alarms. In other words, it can be a perfect substitute for your "dumb" alarm clock if you want something smarter as it is powered by Alexa digital assistant. While using it as an alarm clock, you can tap on the device to snooze the alarm if you want to sleep some more. It has been priced at $59.99 with pre-orders already going on. There are no details related to the shipping date yet.
If you are someone who takes his music seriously, Amazon wants to interest you in purchasing the new Echo Studio. It is the world's first smart speaker with 3D audio support through Dolby Atmos. It is fully compatible with Amazon Music HD, the lossless music streaming service released last week. In fact, the service is the very reason Amazon has come up with the device aimed at delivering ultimate music experience.
In terms of internal hardware, the Echo Studio features three mid-range speakers (left, right, and top), a tweeter, and a woofer. There are microphones for Alexa which Amazon says will auto-calibrate depending on the speaker's position in the room. If interested, it can be pre-ordered for $199 through Amazon.
Amazon originally released Echo Show smart display with 10.1-inches display size and later released Echo Show 5 with a 5.5-inch display. And now, it has announced Echo Show 8 with an 8-inch display for those who want something in between a bigger and smaller size. It has all the features similar to the 5-inch model which means you get an HD display panel and a camera shutter. It has been priced at $129.99 with preorders now live.