Amazon Unveils New Fire TV With 4K to Rival Apple TV 4K

Lauren Goode  The Verge

The device features a 2.5in dedicated woofer speaker and a 6in Dolby tweeter. New finishes, including wood-like "oak" and "walnut" designs, as well as dark gray and charcoal fabric designs along with integrated Dolby sound. Echo (picture above) is now under six inches tall and starts at $99.99.

Next, we have the Echo Show, which has been available in the United States for about a year now.

Amazon has launched several different versions of the Echo smart speaker, all packing the Alexa assistant but very different specs, styles and features. The device can also "double as a nursery camera". The new device is much smaller and dangles from the HDMI connection via a flat connector that's very much like the one on Google's second-generation Chromecast. Although Alexa and the Echo are already relatively popular, the overall number of customers opting to bring IoT devices into their house is still small.

Amazon's Echo Plus is now available for pre-order for $150 with a Philips Hue smart lightbulb included while supplies last. It's like a funky little orb with a flat circular face and comes in white or black.

The Washington-based company announced a new Amazon Echo, which offers better sound quality than original.

Amazon has introduced a second-generation of Echo speakers today.

The Amazon Echo Show is priced at £200 for the UK. On top of that it will do everything that the standard Echo will do.

"It was a surprise to us", said Amazon SVP and devices lead Dave Limp when asked on Wednesday about why Google had pulled YouTube off of the Echo Show device.

The Spot's primary objective is to act as a smart alarm clock right at your bedside.

If you are in the United States you can pre-order the Echo Spot now, and it will go on sale on 19 December, just in time for Christmas. Packing in a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor together with a 2 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage, Amazon is also claiming the new Fire TV to be 40 percent more powerful compared to the Fire TV Stick. If your home media center is in need of an upgrade, it's a gadget you definitely want to check out.

Users will now also be able to make free outbound calls to phone numbers within USA, Canada, and Mexico. Both gadgets support 4K HDR, but the Fire TV adds Dolby Atmos sound to the package and comes with a remote that can be voice controlled with Alexa.

The new Fire TV will start shipping on October 25.

Looking narrowly at just these smart speakers, one might find all the new Amazon devices frivolous, unnecessary or amusing. That makes it almost as portable as the tiny Fire TV Stick, but with top-notch picture quality.