Echo Sub Beefs Up Amazon's Audio Offer


Amazon unveiled significant updates to Echo devices that already exist, like the Echo Dot and Echo Plus, but it also introduced entirely new products we've never seen before, like a subwoofer for the Amazon Echo called Echo Sub, and even smart kitchen appliances like a smart microwave.

Amazon has surprised the world with a fleet of brand new smart devices which link up with its Alexa AI technology.

The Echo Sub is available for pre-order now and will ship from 11 October.

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Amazon was the first of the tech giants to release a smart speaker with a screen when it released the Echo Show last summer. Another bundle features the Echo Sub with two new Echo Plus devices for £239.97. It is not in full release and, in fact, requires an invitation to actually purchase. Using two Echos, with one placed on either side of the room and the Echo Sub in the middle, a home stereo effect can be achieved.

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A clock and microwave that connect to Echo speakers, an eight-microphone dongle for the auto to bring and record your Alexa commands as you drive, a new security camera that listens to sounds outside the home to better alert you. For instance, the Echo Show is larger and the Echo plus, now features a temperature sensor.

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US Amazon users will even be able to buy a low cost Amazon Basics microwave, with Alexa controls and Dash button functionality. Despite the improvements it remains the same price (£49.99 / $49.99) as the first gen device.

Currently, the Alexa assistant is not available in cars through a dedicated device. Facebook employees have been testing the device in their homes for months and have shown Portal to major retailers. Echo Input will be available later this year for $34.99. Ford, BMW and Toyota have also been adding Alexa to their cars, and we expect more manufacturers to follow. For example, when you say "Alexa, good night", Alexa will say a nice message that you can customize, turn off the lights, and start sleep sounds. At the time of launch, the company is focusing on the smart home devices.