Amazon launches Echo Auto alongside refreshed Echo Plus, Dot, Show devices

Amazon launched a veritable swathe of new Echo and Alexa-related devices at an event held at its Seattle headquarters which included the new Echo Auto, which is an invitation-based product launch at the current time. Join us after the break to find out more about the refreshed Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Echo Auto.  

Echo Auto

First, let’s take a closer look at the Echo Auto, Amazon’s attempt at bringing its Alexa assistant into your car. Boasting eight microphones and optimized for in-car acoustics with added speech recognition technology, the Echo Auto device will hear your commands over music, the air conditioning, and external road noise. Powered by the car’s 12V power outlet (cigarette lighter) or USB socket, the Echo Auto device sits on top of the dashboard and connects to the stereo system via Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio jack, using your smartphone to access music, navigation, calling, audiobooks, and more. Amazon is offering selected customers the option of pre-ordering the Echo Auto device for $25 (RRP $50), and you can ask for an invitation to do so on the product page.

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Echo Dot

Next up is the refreshed Echo Dot that now features a curved fabric design instead of the hard black plastic seen on previous versions as well as a larger 1.6-inch driver. Amazon claims that it is 70% louder than its predecessors, although it’s still priced the same at just $49.99/£49 with orders shipping from October 11th.

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Echo Plus

The Echo Plus has also been refreshed and now features an integrated temperature sensor, upgraded sound thanks to the new 3-inch woofer, and the ability to connect to smart lights and other smart home devices even when the internet is down. The Echo Plus retains the Zigbee hub function seen on its predecessor, as well as its $150/£139 price tag with orders set to ship from October 11th.

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Echo Show

Finally, Amazon has also refreshed its Echo Show device, giving it a larger 10-inch HD display with 1024 x 800 resolution and minus the front-facing speaker grill which has been replaced by dual, side-firing cloth-covered speakers with 2-inch drivers with sound processed by Dolby. It has eight microphones, a 5MP camera, with the addition of a built-in Zigbee hub function. Orders for the Echo Show will begin shipping from October 11th, with the device available to pre-order now for $230/£219.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).