Amazon debuts new Echo devices, including Echo Studio with spatial audio • TechCrunch

Throughout Amazon’s {hardware} occasion this morning, the corporate introduced new Alexa-powered Echo gadgets, together with new Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock fashions. One of many extra notable upgrades is Eero Constructed-in for Echo Dot, which permits Echo Dot gadgets to function Wi-Fi extenders for current Eero networks.

The Echo Studio — which now is available in a brand new colour, Glacier White — isn’t getting hardware-level enhancements. As an alternative, an over-the-air improve will deliver spatial audio processing know-how that builds on Amazon’s 3D audio to current Echo Studio gadgets, designed to supply larger “width” and readability than customary stereo audio. (Spatial audio is a characteristic of the Amazon Music Limitless service, which prices $8.99 a month.) The good speaker’s frequency vary extension tech, one other new addition through forthcoming new software program, ostensibly delivers higher playback efficiency by bettering the mid-range readability and deepening the bass.

Amazon Echo Studio

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As for the upgraded Echo Dot, which does characteristic new {hardware}, it has a redesigned structure that squeezes a bigger speaker into housing that’s the identical measurement because the earlier technology — resulting in clearer vocals and twice the bass. An enhanced, brighter and higher-resolution show on the Echo Dot with Clock mannequin reveals extra info, together with the time. And new sensors — an accelerometer and temperature sensor — and Amazon’s AZ2 neural edge processor permits issues like extra faucet gesture controls (e.g. tapping the highest of the machine to pause and restart music, cease a timer or finish a name), asking Alexa for the room temperature and triggering temperature-based routines.

The brand new Echo Dot can also be the primary to ship with the aforementioned Eero Constructed-in, which provides as much as 1,000 sq. toes of protection to an current Eero wi-fi community. Fourth-gen Echo Dots, together with the previous Echo Dot with Clock, will obtain a firmware replace that permits this within the coming months, Amazon mentioned.

The improved Echo Dot might be out there for $49.99, whereas the brand new Echo Dot with Clock might be priced at $59.99. They’re out there for preorder right now and can ship subsequent month alongside two new designs for Echo Dot for Youngsters, Owl and Dragon, each of which can include a 12 months of Amazon’s kid-focused content material service, Amazon Youngsters+.

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