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Amazon has announced the launch of an array of new products such as the Amazon Echo - smart speaker, Echo Plus - the smart home hub, Echo Spot and Fire TV.
In addition to these products, Amazon also announced the Alexa integration in BMW car environment. The Alexa-friendly microphones and voice assistant will be integrated with select BMW and Mini models in the next year. The aggressive push to launch Alexa tips that the company wants to compete directly with Google and Apple. The Fire TV will be released on October 25 while Echo and Echo Plus will be available on October 31. The Echo Connect will be released on December 13, and Echo Spot will be released on December 19.
Let's take a look at the details of the Amazon Echo and Fire TV products from below.
This is the second-generation smart speaker that has been launched in six color options. It is powered by Alexa, Amazon's AI assistant. You can command Alexa to execute functions such as making calls, playing music, setting alarms and reminders, etc. The Echo has Dolby-powered speakers and delivers 360-degree omni-directional audio output. There are seven microphones letting you launch Alexa even when output is blasting from the speaker. The Echo speaker is priced at $99 (approx. Rs. 6,600).
Amazon Echo Plus
The smart home hub also comes with Alexa and is available in Silver color. It lets you control smart products at home such as themostats, garage doors, lights, etc. There are two variants of the Echo Plus - one with a Philipis Hue bulb. There are seven microphones and Dolby speakers as in the case of the new Echo smart speaker. Echo Plus is priced at $150 (approx. Rs. 9,900).
Echo Spot is a smart alarm clock that has a 2.5-inch screen to watch video flash briefings, weather forecasts and music lyrics. This device can be used to control your smart home products using the AI assistant Alexa. The Echo Spot has a camera located above the screen to let you make video calls. You can also use the device as a nanny cam. This smart alarm clock is priced at $130 (approx. Rs. 8,600).
Amazon Fire TV
Talking about the new Fire TV, it supports 4K UHD streaming at up to 60 fps. This product supports HDR and Dolby ATMOS audio. There is a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz powering the Amazon Fire TV. The device has Wi-Fi connectivity as well. It comes with an Alexa Voice remote to facilitate voice recognition and it can also be paired with an Echo device. The new Amazon Fire TV is priced at $70 (approx. Rs. 4,700).
The Echo Connect is a set-top box like device that can be connected to your landline and other Echo products. You can use this device to make phone calls and connect through the landline. It syncs your contacts and gives you a pure hands-free experience as well. This [product is priced at $35 (approx. Rs. 2,300).
Amazon Echo Buttons
Echo Buttons can connect with the Echo devices to let you play games such as Beat the Intro, Dungeon Escape, Sounds Fun with Mike Epps, etc. As this device is yet to receive the FCC certification, its commercial launch might not happen but it is priced at $20 (approx. Rs. 1,400).