In a virtual event last night, Amazon unveiled the 4th generation of its Echo devices. The products launched by Amazon include Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Dot with clock. These latest smart devices from the American e-commerce giant come in a spherical design.
This range of Echo devices come with a built-in Zigbee Hub to enable communication with other smart devices in the house. These devices are also said to be made of 100 percent recycled materials and also feature a ‘Low Power Mode’. Amazon has also launched Echo Dot Kids Edition which comes in colorful Panda and Tiger prints.
Amazon Echo (4th Gen) Specifications And Features
The Amazon Echo for the first time has been released in a spherical shape with the 4th Gen of the smart device unlike the cylindrical design of previous-generation devices. The device has an Orb like appearance. The smart speaker comes with a 3-inch neodymium woofer along with two 0.8-inch tweeters. At the bottom of the device, it also has a bright LED light.
Now coming to the ‘smartness’ of the device, it makes use of Amazon’s AZ1 Neural Edge processor which is the latest chip developed by the company claimed to enhance and accelerate machine learning capabilities of the device to provide a much smarter experience.
The speaker in place is from Dolby Audio inspired by Amazon Echo Studio which is said to sense the acoustics of the surrounding and smartly tune the audio playback accordingly.
Also, this is the first time an Amazon speaker will be a built-in Zigbee smart home hub. The main use of it is to connect the smart speakers with nearby smart devices. It also supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) along with Amazon Sidewalk which is said to ease the process of setting up newly connected devices.
Coming to connectivity, the smart speakers come with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, regular Bluetooth connectivity, and a headphone jack as well. For the first time, an Echo device comes with a dedicated mute button as well. In terms of dimensions, the speakers measure 144x144x133mm and weigh 970 grams.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Specifications And Features
The Amazon Echo ‘lite’, the Echo Dot has a 1.6-inch audio driver and a very similar design as in the new Echo. For alarms, the speaker also has a snooze functionality as it supports the tap-to-snooze feature. There is also a mute button as in the Echo. The dimensions of the smart speaker are 100x100x89mm while it weighs 341.3 grams.
Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) With Clock Specifications And Features
This device is exactly like Echo Dot. The only difference between the two is the presence of a display on the face of the speakers. The display can be used to view time, temperature, timers, and also view alarms. The device measures 100x100x89mm and weigh 351.3 grams.
Amazon Echo Series Pricing And Availability In India
The Amazon Echo 4th Gen has been priced in India at Rs. 9,999. The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock 4th Gen will be sold in India for Rs. 5,499. While the cheapest smart speaker in the series, the Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen will be available for Rs. 4,499.
The Echo Dot is the only one of the three that is available right now for pre-orders. The delivery is expected to commence in the coming days. While the other two speakers will be made available very soon.
Amazon also launched Echo Dot Kids Edition priced at $59.99 (approx Rs. 4,420). But it is unlikely to be launched in India as of now.
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