Amazon blew the lid off a whole new bunch of products and upgrades in its annual fall event held on 24th September. From new Echo devices to a much-anticipated gaming service, Luna, let’s have a look at the top announcements made by the Seattle-based tech giant.
New Spherical Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot With Clock
Amazon unveiled its new line-up of Echo smart speakers (4th generation) with a revamped spherical design and an enhanced sound performance. One of the key upgrades is that the devices will have an on-device speech recognition module to process requests locally. This will speed up requests considerably.
The new Amazon Echo will incorporate all the features of Echo (3rd gen) and Echo Plus. Additionally, it will feature Zigbee support to build a smart home hub. The device will be available in charcoal, steel blue and chalk shades at a starting price of Rs. 9,999.
The Amazon Echo Dot also features the spherical design, packing a 1.6-inch front-firing speaker to produce crisp vocals. The device will be available at a starting price of Rs. 4,499. Amazon Echo Dot with a clock will be available from Rs. 5,499.
Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices, India stated:
Preorders have commenced and the products will be shipped later this year.
Echo Dot For Kids Will Have Cool Animal Prints
For the kids’ edition, the company has introduced colourful animal print designs. The designs include a tiger and a panda print. This speaker will also feature children-friendly responses when they detect a child’s voice. Additionally, children will be able to read books on Audible from Disney, Nickelodeon and hundreds of other channels.
Amazon’s Echo Show 10 Won’t Be Able to Take Its Eyes Off You (Literally)
Amazon announced its latest variant of smart display, the Echo Show 10 which will be able to swivel in such a way that you can see the screen from anywhere in the room. The device incorporates a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera and a motorized base which will enable it to swivel around, likely to keep you in the frame if you have a habit of moving around during video calls.
The device will also support Netflix, along with Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. So, even if you walk around in the room while watching something, you will have the smart display pivot in such a way that you do not miss any scenes from your favourite movie.
Details regarding the price and availability in India are yet to be announced.
Amazon Takes The Wrap Off Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 Mesh Routers
Amazon also announced two new Wi-Fi routers, the eero 6 and eero Pro 6 which will support Wi-Fi 6 and will have a built-in Zigbee smart home hub to connect Alexa-enabled 6smart home devices such as smart lights and thermostat.
The major difference between eero 6 and eero Pro 6 is that the former will offer coverage of 1,500 sq. ft., whereas the latter can cover up to 1,750 sq. ft. The Amazon eero Pro 6 will be able to connect up to 75 devices at a time and will have an additional 5GHz band for better performance.
Amazon’s Ring Security Camera Can Fly Around The House When You’re Away
Amazon’s home security company, Ring, announced the Always Home Cam, an indoor security drone that can monitor your house when you’re away by following a pre-determined surveillance path. The device will provide a 1080p resolution and will have a battery life of five minutes. The drone, on an average, will make flights up to one minute before docking back to charge the battery.
The Always Home Cam drone is set to launch in 2021. International prices have not been revealed yet.
Ring will also launch end-to-end encryption that will be supported by certain devices towards the end of the year.
New Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite Along With Redesigned Fire TV UI
Amazon announced an updated UI for its smart TV platform which will incorporate new features such as video calling. The new update will extend Zoom support at a later period of time. A personalised homepage is included in the revamped interface which will enable people to access their favourite content and applications more easily. Among other changes, a prominent one is that the new UI will allow the user to add up to six profiles for different members in the household. The updated UI will launch later this year.
The new Fire TV Stick will have a 50% more powerful processor but will consume 50% less power as per the company. It will have HDR compatibility, Dolby Atmos support and comes with the Alexa Voice Remote. The Fire Stick Lite, on the other hand, will have a simplified Alexa Remote.
In India, the New Fire TV Stick will be available at Rs. 3,999, whereas the Fire TV Stick Lite is priced at Rs. 2,999. Preorders for both the products have commenced.
Amazon Unveils Its New Cloud Gaming Service, Luna; Offers Stiff Competition to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud
Perhaps, one of the highlights of the event was the official revelation of the AWS-based gaming platform, Luna. Users will get access to the games without having to download them explicitly. The company further stated that 100+ titles will be available on a separate Luna Plus channel including Resident Evil 7, GRID, The Surge 2, etc.
At the time of launch, Luna will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone and iPad. The Android version is expected to roll out later.
The company also announced the Alexa-enabled Luna Controller, which the company claims will offer low-latency gaming. The controller will connect directly to the server which will ensure that users can switch between devices without having to do additional configuration changes.
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