Amazon is releasing so many new gadgets – here’s what we know

Posted: 25 September 2020 8:07 pm

Enjoy a home security drone, faster TV streaming and brand new Echos.

Some of Amazon’s signature gadgets are getting a major upgrade. The company unveiled its upcoming releases, which include new versions of the Echo, Ring and Fire TV stick. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the launches – and how to be among the first to purchase these products.

What new gadgets can I expect?

Echo 4th gen ($99.99)

Echo 4th generation

The Echo has a whole new look with this rounded, compact design. Use voice control to stream music from channels, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and Sirius XM. A microphone off button allows for increased privacy and the new Alexa Guard Plus feature will alert you if glass breaks or the smoke/carbon monoxide alarm goes off. Pre-order ahead of the October 22nd release.

Echo Show 10 ($249.99)

Echo Show 10

This design moves with you, so when you video chat with friends and family, you’ll stay in the frame. A built-in camera will monitor your house when you’re away and, for privacy, you can disable the microphone and camera with the click of a button. No word yet on a release date, but you can sign up to get an alert when the product drops.

Ring Always Home Cam ($250)

Ring Always Home Cam

Meet a whole new kind of home security. This drone will fly around the different rooms in your house so you can monitor your whole property while you’re away. You’ll have a control that allows you to chart the path of the device as it moves throughout the house. The cam won’t be launching until 2021, so keep an eye out for an official release date.

Fire TV Stick ($39.99)

Fire TV Stick

Amazon calls the latest edition of the Fire TV Stick “50% more powerful” than the previous version when it comes to streaming. You can use your voice to search for shows and enjoy 500,000+ movies and TV episodes. Pre-order before the gadget’s release date on September 30th.

Amazon Halo ($64.99)

Amazon Halo

This band will monitor your sleep, activity and body composition. It will also analyze your voice, which allows you to get a better sense of how you present yourself in various social and professional settings. You can request early access to the product.

What other releases are there?

Head to Amazon for a look at all of its new devices, which include everything from an Echo designed especially for kids to the Amazon Eero, a Wi-Fi router.

How is the Echo 4th gen different than the Echo 3rd gen?

There are a couple of standout differences between these two versions.

  • The Echo 4th gen is built with an AZ1 Neural Edge silicon module, which is a fancy way of saying that it will process your words at a faster speed than the previous model.
  • The Alexa Guard Plus adds a three-fold home safety design: it listens for suspicious sounds like crashing or breaking, plays noises that may scare off intruders like dog barks and connects with a 24/7 emergency line that can reach out to the police.
  • Comes with a “Climate Pledge Friendly” badge, which signifies that the device was made from recycled materials.

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