What's New in Next-Gen Amazon Echo and Echo Plus

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The new Echo has been tuned up by Dolby, for better sound quality. Inside it features a dedicated tweeter and a 2.5-inch down-firing woofer which now benefits from the device's Dolby processing capabilities. The new Echo also comes with three different covers: Charcoal Fabric, Heather Gray Fabric, Oak Finish, Sandstone Fabric, Silver Finish, and Walnut Finish. Rs 4,600) and the device is up for pre-order in the United States and will ship starting from October 25.

You may have already seen some of Amazon's promos for this on YouTube; the main hook here over the regular Echo is that it's a smart home hub capable of interfacing with over 100 smart home devices. The device will control home's lights, locks, cameras, and others.

Amazon had a launch event yesterday where they updated their smart device lineups. And if you don't have a smart home just yet, the Echo Plus comes with a Philips Hue smart light to help you get started (at least while supplies last).

Speaking of which, the Echo Connect is a square black box that looks like Apple TV.

The new Amazon Echo Connect is a $35 device that turns your existing landline into a hands-free speakerphone.

Amazon Alexa is planned to be incorporated in all BMW and MINI vehicles manufactured from mid-2018 in the US, UK, and Germany.

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Price: The Echo Plus is priced at $149.99 and will be available October 31.

In addition to the standard Echo features, this petite model has a round, 2.5-inch screen for playing anything from Amazon Video and a built-in camera for making video calls. For $80, Amazon says it will throw in an Echo Dot, a puck-sized version of its Echo smart speaker. In terms of design and size, it's identical to an alarm clock.

If you are in the USA you can pre-order the Echo Spot now, and it will go on sale on 19 December, just in time for Christmas. Furthermore, it is created to support 4K content and high dynamic range video.

Amazon has drastically redesigned its Fire TV for this generation, ditching the boxy style for something more akin to the Fire TV Stick or Chromecast Ultra. If your home media center is in need of an upgrade, it's a gadget you definitely want to check out. Having all the smarts of Alexa next to my bed, in an alarm clock that can also be a little TV? Now the Alexa-wielding speaker comes in a smaller package, and cheaper than ever before. That gives the Fire TV a premium set of features for a budget-friendly cost.

For one, the Amazon Fire TV is a tiny device with a HDMI cable sticking out of it.

The Apple TV is much more familiar. It is available for pre-order now but won't ship until December 19.

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