Amazon hosted its virtual invite-only press event and revealed a whole host of new products. There were some surprises and some smaller announcements, plus new updates to Echo devices. The new Kindle ‘Scribe’ was the star of the show, the first Kindle to include a stylus for note taking and doodling. The Halo Rise, a bedside sleep tracker, also drew a lot of attention. That’s the top-line stuff. But here’s a look at everything Amazon announced at its event
Amazon has released a new Kindle called the “Scribe”, the company’s first e-book reader with a built-in stylus. It has a 10.2-inch display with a pen that allows you to take notes and write directly on the pages of the book you are reading. You can use Scribe to mark up PDFs and other documents. It can last weeks without a charge. The new Kindle Scribe is available for pre-orders starting today. It is priced at $340.
Halo Rise is a contactless sleep-tracking device that also doubles as a $139 sunrise alarm clock. Amazon says the device has built-in environmental sensing with a smart alarm and wake-up light as well as machine learning and sensor tech to accurately detect sleep patterns. Halo Rise is designed to analyze the data of the person sleeping closest to the device.
Amazon debuted four new Echo devices: the Echo Dot, the Echo Dot with Clock, the Echo Dot Kids, the Echo Studio and the Echo Auto.
The Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock offer two times the bass of the previous model. They also have a new temperature sensor as well as new gesture controls. The best feature is perhaps a built-in Eero, which essentially turns your device into a Wi-Fi mesh. Meanwhile, the new Echo Dot Kids comes in owl and dragon designs. The device also features a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, offering kid content. An update to Echo Studio is finally here. Sound quality has been improved, thanks to new spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension.
Lastly, the Echo Auto has a new design and flexible mounting options. Users can use Alexa to listen to music, make calls and get hands-free roadside assistance.
The Dot is priced at $50, the Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids are both $60, the Echo Studio costs $200 and the Echo Auto is priced at $55. You can pre-order these new Echo devices today.
Amazon just updated its Ring camera lineup with three new additions: Ring Spotlight Cam Pro, the Spotlight Cam Pro Solar and the Spotlight Cam Plus. The Spotlight Cam Pro is a new pro-grade security camera that has 3D motion detection, which can send motion alerts to your phone. The Spotlight Cam Plus, meanwhile, now has multiple power options including solar, battery, wired and plug-in. The new Ring Spotlight Cam Pro battery and plug-in cost $300. The Spotlight Cam Pro Solar is priced at $250. The Spotlight Cam Plus starts at $200.
After a long wait, Amazon has finally updated the Fire TV Cube. The third-generation model is 20 per cent faster than the last-generation model. The Cube is essentially a cross between a Fire TV and an Echo speaker. The device can be controlled by Alexa and includes support for 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. The updated model also includes an HDMI input port, WiFi 6E support, and Super Resolution Upscaling. It is priced at $140 and can be pre-ordered today.
Besides the Fire TV Cube, Amazon also announced the Alexa Voice Remote Pro. It is basically a ‘Pro’ version of the popular Alexa remote that comes with two customizable buttons to create shortcuts to your favourite streaming apps or channels. It also has a built-in voice finder option, which is handy if it’s lost on your couch. The Alexa Voice Remote Pro costs $35.
Amazon is getting serious about making its own TVs with the new Fire TV Omni QLED. As the new suggests, it has a QLED display but the TV also has Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive. It also works as an Echo, with built-in Alexa, and includes Alexa Widgets, which were first introduced with the Echo Show 15.