Here's what to expect — Amazon Echo event

Gerald Bowen
September 21, 2018

Easily the cheapest Echo device so far, this $24.99 accessory lets you access Alexa in your vehicle. For example, you'll be able to plug in a coffee machine or a lamp and use your voice to turn them on.

For one thing, Alexa isn't actually built into it.

There's quite a bit more.

The new Echo Plus also features a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, so you can set up your smart devices by saying "Alexa, discover my devices".

The research firm said the market was rapidly evolving with more manufacturers entering.

Seriously, there's a lot going on. When paired together with an Echo or Echo Plus, the Echo Sub function as a subwoofer would. Last year, Amazon outlined a bevy of new Echo form factors to expand Alexa's reach. The new driver offers "more powerful sound with lower distortion and enhanced bass reproduction", Amazon said. It will only be available with an invite at first and those getting an invite can expect to pay $24.99.

Finally, there's the new brand new Echo Sub. If you link it up with your Google Photos account, it will also display your pictures. The 2nd gen Echo Plus can now be pre-ordered for $149.99 and will launch on October 11th. Amazon Echo was in third, followed by Alibaba Tmall Genie in fourth and Google home in fifth.

Echo Sub
Echo Sub

Inc. unveiled a new $50 Echo Dot with an improved speaker, one of the first devices unveiled in a product show created to keep pushing smarthome gadgets during the busy holiday shopping season. Still no word from Amazon if it can access YouTube videos natively. Amazon says the device will have better, and louder, sound.

An Amazon-made Echo device for your vehicle.

The new Echo Dot moves away from the plasticky design of the previous model to a new fabric design that comes in three colors.

The Echo Dot is the most popular Echo, and "the best selling speaker ever" according to Amazon. It's the polar opposite of the cheap Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation. These two receivers (one with its own amplifier) provide multiple audio inputs and outputs, plus Ethernet. It ships later this year. It will cost $199.99 for the Link and $299.99 for the Link Amp.

It's a smart plug. You've got it. Want a custom Alexa for your dang auto? Once complete, you can use Echo to control the power flowing to anything plugged into it.

The Echo Plus, priced $150, can be pre-ordered today, with shipping expected to start next month. This microwave is through AmazonBasics, meaning it's not supposed to be an overly fancy piece of hardware. It also provides an intuitive touch screen with voice control. Sadly, it has no mics, so it won't be a standalone Alexa experience.

Echo Wall Clock tells time and can help visualize timers. A two-tuner model will let you record two shows at once and includes 500GB of DVR space for $229.99.

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