Amazon just wrapped up its annual hardware and services announcement event. While we haven’t gotten anything as notable as a personal home surveillance drone or an Alexa microwave, Amazon has announced the first Kindle you can write on. In addition, Amazon announced a much-improved Fire TV Cube, new Echo speakers, and many other exciting products. Read on if you want to catch up on the latest Amazon products coming soon.
If you’ve ever wanted a Kindle that you could write on in addition to reading, your prayers have finally been answered! Meet the Kindle Scribe; It’s essentially a large Kindle reader that you can write on with the included stylus. You can use the pen to jot down to-do lists, journals and sketches, and mark up PDFs and Word documents.
Amazon hasn’t specified exactly how big the new device is, but it’s essentially a larger Kindle Oasis that you can easily hold in two hands. The screen also has a resolution of 300 ppi. The Kindle Scribe is available to pre-order today for $339.99 and will ship in time for the holiday season.
The Halo Rise is a new smart lamp and alarm clock from Amazon designed to help you track your sleep. Rather than wearing a smartwatch or sensor, this device tracks your sleep using sensors and machine learning. It doesn’t have a camera or microphone, so it won’t watch you while you sleep. But it can monitor your surroundings, including ambient temperature, humidity, and light levels. After collecting all this data, you can view your sleep reports on an Echo Show device.
As a lamp and alarm clock, the Halo Rise will also gradually brighten its light when it’s time to wake up. The Halo Rise will be available later this year for $139 and comes with a six-month Halo membership for sleep tracking.
The Echo Studio is Amazon’s latest high-end Echo speaker with multiple drivers and Dolby Atomos. Amazon claims the new speaker has improved stereo sound, clarity and twice the bass response. The Echo Studio will ship next month for $199.
The Echo Dot is also getting some major updates. The Echo Dot with Clock specifically features a new high-resolution dot matrix display to show more information like song titles and calendar events. All Echo Dots, with or without a face, also have new sensors, including an accelerometer that lets you tap to start/stop music and searches. There are also new temperature sensors built in for smart home automation. Each Echo Dot also comes with Eero built-in, allowing them to act as a mesh Wi-Fi extender for Eero networks, adding 1,000 square feet of network coverage.
The Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock are available to pre-order now for $49 and $59, respectively. Amazon also released two new Owl and Dragon Echo Dot Kids themes, available for pre-order today for $59.99.
If you want to add Alexa to your car, you can now for $54. Seamlessly play music in your car at home with this new Echo in-car device. The new device also offers roadside assistance if you need a jump start or a flat tyre.
Amazon also announced a new bevy of Ring and Blink devices to expand its home security system. Here are all the newly announced products:
Eero Power over Ethernet
Amazon expanded its range of Eero mesh system products that support Power over Ethernet with the $299 eero PoE 6 and $649 eero PoE gateway.
Fire TV Cube
The new Fire TV Cube has an octa-core processor with 2 GHz. This new processor enables this small PC box to display 4K Ultra HD content and Super Resolution Upscaling to also convert any HD content to 4K. Amazon also promises that the new Fire TV Cube will have faster navigation speeds. It also has four microphones to hear your voice from any direction and a 360-degree IR blaster to control other devices.
This new Fire TV Cube also got a little redesign with a new There’s fabric cover. The connections have also been expanded to include a dedicated Ethernet, USB-A for connecting USB sticks and HDMI passthrough for your cable box.
The new Fire TV Cube also comes with a new Alexa Voice Pro Controller. It’s larger than your average Alexa remote, with two programmable buttons and a backlight. You can also call it, and it will make a noise that will help you find it in your sofa cushions or under a desk.
The Fire TV Cube ships on October 25 for $139. And if you want to upgrade to the Alexa Voice Pro Controller, you can pick one up for $34 in November.
Fire TV Omni QLED series
Finally, Amazon announced a new series of Fire TV Omni models. This year, they’ve been upgraded with QLED displays that support Dolby Vision IQ, HDR 10+, adaptive brightness, and 96 local dimming zones. They also have a new feature to display artwork and your photos while not actively playing content.
The new Fire TV Omni QLED series will be available in 65- and 75-inch screens starting at $799.99, with pre-orders open today.
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