Amazon announces new Echo Studio with Dolby Atmos, Echo Buds & 4 more new devices
At their HQ in Seattle, Amazon has just announced the newest members to the Echo family along with upgrades to existing devices. The biggest announcement of the day would have to be Amazon’s entry into the high-end home entertainment segment with the Amazon Echo Studio but they also made sure to add new devices to fill gaps in their Echo Show range with the launch of the Echo Show 8.
Not to be forgotten, the base Echo speaker also got an upgraded and it now packs the audio chops and smarts of last year’s Echo Plus. They’ve also launched their first pair of wireless earbuds in the form of, you’ve guessed it, Echo Buds. You can read more about each new product below:
Amazon Echo Buds
Amazon’s first pair of wireless earbuds come with Bose Active Noise Reduction technology and hands-free access to Alexa for £119.99. Each earbud has two outer microphones and one inner microphone that work together to reduce ambient noise for when you want to access Alexa.
The buds themselves have two premium, balanced armature drivers in each earbud and, on top of the Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology, they also come with a Pass Through mode as well.
Each earbud is sweat resistant and IPX4-rated and will give you five hours of music playback or four hours of call time. The included charging case holds up to three additional charges, which means 15 additional hours of music playback or 12 hours of call time. You can also tap and hold your Echo Buds to access your phone’s native voice services—Siri or Google Assistant.
Amazon Echo Studio
The Echo Studio is the latest entry to the Echo smart speaker lineup. It supports Dolby Atmos and 3D audio. Amazon says that it’s the “most innovative speaker” that it has built. The speaker can adapt its sound output based on the room that it’s placed in.
When it comes to hardware inside the device, the new Echo Studio comes with five built-in directional speakers, a 5.25-inch woofer and 330W of power. The speaker set up includes a 1-inch tweeter and three 2-inch midrange speakers that deliver your midrange and high frequency sounds.
There’s also 24-bit DAC support and a power amplifier with 100 kHz of bandwidth for high-res, lossless music playback, available via Amazon Music HD.
Amazon Echo Show 8
Unsurprisingly, the new Amazon Echo Show has an 8-inch HD display, decent audio, and a camera with a built-in cover for £119.99 and can be seen to be filling the gap between the Echo Show 5 and the much larger Echo Show 2nd Gen. It will offer the same functionality of other Show devices in the range too.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
As the name suggest, Amazon has also upgraded their Echo Dot device with a digital clock now included in the side of the device. Amazon says that the most frequently asked query from Echo Dot users is “what time is it?,” so it’s addressing those needs with this new device.
New Amazon Echo
The latest generation of Amazon’s Echo speaker has gotten an upgrade and is available in a new blue colour option as well. Amazon says that it has features found in the more capable Echo Plus, like neodymium drivers so it should be a pretty impressive smart speaker with equally impressive audio capabilities.
Amazon Echo Flex
The new Amazon Echo Flex is a plug-in smart speaker with Alexa that costs just £24.99. The speaker plugs directly into a standard electrical outlet, which is handy for those places in your home where cords can be a hassle like the hallway or utility room. Understandably, you’re not going to be getting great audio from such a small device but any responses will come through the small speaker on the device that’s been optimised for Alexa’s voice.
The Echo Flex also has a built-in USB port so you can easily charge your phone or add an optional accessory, like a Smart Night Light or Motion Sensor.
The all-new Amazon Echo, Echo Flex, Echo Dot with clock, Echo Show 8 and Echo Studio are available for pre-order starting today and will start shipping to Irish customers later this year. The new Echo Buds will be available in later this year and customers can sign up at www.amazon.co.uk/echobuds to be notified when they become available.