It’s that time of year, again, where Amazon advertise much of new gadgets. In recent years, Amazon has introduced new Echo smart speakers and smart displays, a wide variety of smart home devices, wearables, drones, and even robots. This year, we also got a lot of new devices, including the first Light with a pen, a fancy alarm clock, Amazon’s first QLED smart TV, and plenty of upgraded speakers.
This is what you need to know.
The Kindle Scribe is the first Kindle that works with a stylus, called the Scribe Pen, and in which you can write. It has a 10.2-inch e-ink screen, and the notes you write are automatically saved (or linked) to the page of the book you’re reading. Amazon calls it the best Kindle they’ve ever made.
The Halo Rise is a new alarm clock that’s also packed with sensors for sleep tracking. You can track your breathing patterns as well as room conditions such as temperature, light levels, and humidity; then you can see your sleep stages and patterns in the Alexa app. The Halo Rise has a built-in clock and light that will gradually warm up and mimic the sunrise, gradually waking you up. It lacks cameras or microphones, so it will rely on the Alexa speaker you already own for voice commands. It will be available later this year.
Echo Studio (2nd generation)
Amazon has announced an updated version of its best-sounding speaker, the Echo Studio. It has improved bass and sound and now comes in a new white color. It’s still $200, the same as the original Echo Studio.
Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock
Amazon has updated its two tiny smart speakers. Both have improved speakers, but they’ve also been integrated with new gesture controls – you can now tap the top of each speaker to do things like pause music or snooze alarms. The Echo Dot with Clock has a higher resolution screen that can display more information, like the name of the song you’re playing. And each speaker now doubles as a Wi-Fi extender for an Eero mesh network.
Price: $50, $60 (with watch)
Echo Auto (2nd generation)
Amazon announced a new, stripped-down smart speaker for your car. The new Echo Audio has a more personalized design and you will now be able to use it to call Roadside Assistance in case your car breaks down. It connects to your car’s audio system via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm jack.
Fire TV Omni QLED Series
Amazon announced its highest-end Fire TVs to date. Its new Omni series has 4K QLED panels (as do many of Samsung’s QLED TVs), but it’s also designed to function as a picture/digital art frame when you’re not viewing it (much like Samsung’s The Frame). Each of these Fire TV Omni televisions has built-in motion sensors so it can switch to a piece of digital art or even turn itself off if you leave the room.
Price: $799 +
Fire TV Cube (3rd generation)
Amazon announced a new version of its Fire TV Cube, which is a device that combines an Amazon Echo speaker and a Fire TV streaming dongle in one. The latest version has updated internal components and is compatible with 4K TVs and can upscale your HDTV content to make it look better. Perhaps most significantly, the Fire TV Cube adds an HDMI port that you can plug into your cable box and then use Alexa to change channels. (It’s also $20 more expensive than previous models.)
Alexa Pro Voice Remote
Alexa Voice Remote Pro is the company’s newest remote that works with Fire TV and dongle. It has a new customizable button that you can program to quickly jump to one of your favorite channels or apps. It has new backlights that will turn on when it detects your hand near it. And it supports a new Remote Finder feature that lets you use Alexa to find the remote if it gets stuck in your couch cushions.
Echo Show 15 with Fire TV
This isn’t technically a new product either, but Amazon has announced that it will release a major update to the Echo Show 15 (announced last year) that will allow it to essentially become a Fire TV. This means that you will be able to more easily watch your favorite shows on this smart display. This update will be implemented in the coming months.
Spotlight Cam Pro Ring
This is Ring’s newest outdoor smart home camera and importantly, it uses a new radar sensor and 3D motion detection feature so it can more accurately track the people and objects it picks up. The Ring Spotlight Cam Pro will be available in battery and powered models. There will also be a solar powered model.
Mini Pan Tilt Blink
This is a new accessory that works with Amazon’s existing small smart home camera. It gives the Blink Mini a new panning capability so you can get a 360-degree view of a room. You will be able to control the camera through the Alexa app.
Blink Wired Spotlight Camera
This is Amazon’s first non-ring outdoor camera. It had previously released a battery-powered option, but this new option has more powerful and brighter reflectors. As for availability, you can sign up for a waiting list and get notified when it’s ready.
Amazon didn’t announce a new version of Astro, Alexa’s little smart screen that’s also a little wheeled robot that can follow you, but it did announce two new abilities coming to it. First, he will have a new pet detection feature that will allow him to identify your dog or cat and then send him photos and videos of what they are doing. And second, Amazon is giving it more security features; for example, it will alert you if he accidentally leaves his front door open.
Eero PoE 6
Amazon announced a high-performance version of its eero mesh Wi-Fi system that is designed for businesses. The Eero PoE 6 is Wi-Fi 6 compatible, has improved range (up to 2,000 square feet), and will allow you to wirelessly connect up to 100 devices to your home Wi-Fi. Additionally, Amazon announced the eero PoE Gateway, which is the first eero with 10 Gigabit Ethernet; it will cost $650.