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Topic # 240709 21-Sep-2018 09:21
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Today Amazon announced the all-new Echo Show with an immersive 10-inch HD display with crisp and bright visuals, a built-in smart home hub, and a powerful speaker system that delivers powerful bass and stereo sound— available for RRP $399.00 and includes a Philips Hue smart lightbulb while supplies last.

 

“Customers tell us they love the convenience of being able to ask Alexa to show them things,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today, we’re making the voice-first, visual Echo Show experience better in every way by adding even more experiences to delight our customers—a dynamic and vivid display makes watching videos even more enjoyable, new speakers for music, simple set-up and control of smart home devices, Skype calling to friends and family, and all-new visual features.” 

 

New Design and Expansive Sound

 

The all-new Echo Show features a vibrant 10-inch HD display that shows colourful, fresh, and compelling visuals. So when you ask Alexa to show you the weather, watch a video or pull up your shopping list, the experience is even more delightful.  The screen is complemented by dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator and Dolby processing to deliver expansive sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs, perfect for listening to your favourite music. Just ask to play Amazon Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more

 

Built In Smart Home Hub

 

With a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, Echo Show makes it simple to start your smart home. Just say “Alexa, discover my devices,” to automatically discover and set-up compatible light bulbs, plugs and switches without the need for additional hubs or apps. Once set up, ask Alexa to turn on the lights or use the touch-screen to turn devices on and off.

 

Even More Calling Options

 

The all-new Echo Show has a built-in, 5MP camera that supports high-definition video calling and is great for hands-free calls to friends and family who have an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Use Drop In on supported Echo devices in the playroom, or check in on the living room to see if the dog is behaving.

 

Coming soon, customers can connect with even more friends and family around the world through support for Skype calling and video calling. Just say, “Alexa, call Joey on Skype” or “Alexa, Skype Joey” to reach Joey wherever he uses Skype.

 

“Skype calling with Alexa will allow the hundreds of millions of Skype customers around the world to easily make hands-free Skype calls from their Echo devices,” said Gaurav Sareen, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft. “This new experience makes it even easier to connect with friends and family and we can’t wait for customers to try it out.”

 

Built-In Web Browser

 

Echo Show has a built-in web browser that can be opened by saying, “Alexa, open Silk” or “Alexa, open Firefox.” Once open, you can use the on-screen keyboard to type a URL and visit your favourite website.  And like other browsers, you can bookmark your favourite websites for easy access.

 

Skills for the Screen

 

Thousands of skills are available on the all-new Echo Show. Now you can do things like check your commute using NextThere, catch the latest news from 1News, or simply chill out with a meditation from Headspace. With Alexa, it's easy to create some family fun with skills from Kinderling and Amazon Storytime, plus much more.

 

Pricing and Availability

 

Echo Show is available at RRP $399.00 and includes a Philips Hue smart lightbulb while supplies last. Echo Show will also have an accompanying stand that will allow you to tilt the Echo Show to adjust the viewing and camera angles for only RRP $59.95. Both are available for pre-order starting today at retailers including Noel Leeming and JB Hi-Fi and will begin shipping next month.

 

 

And the other devices:

 

 

Today, Amazon introduced a new line-up of Echo devices and an Echo companion device, making it even easier to bring the features and convenience of Alexa to any room in the home. 

 

New Echo devices include:

 

     

  • All-New Echo Dot: The easiest way to bring Alexa into your home, now with a new speaker for louder and crisper sound, an updated fabric design, and only RRP $89.00.
  • All-New Echo Plus: A simple way to start your smart home with a built-in Zigbee hub, plus an upgraded speaker and a new design, and only RRP $269.00 and includes a Philips Hue smart lightbulb while supplies last.
  • All-New Echo Show: Powerful speakers, a stunning 10-inch HD display, and a built-in smart home hub, plus all the glanceable features customers love about Alexa for RRP $399.00. 

New Echo companion device:

 

     

  • Echo Sub: Add deep, rich bass to music playback on Echo devices for RRP $229.00.

“We want you to have access to Alexa everywhere—in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office, and more,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today, we’re excited to expand the number of ways that customers can add Alexa to their homes, so they can use Alexa to make their lives more convenient and easy.” 

 

New Echo Devices—Access Alexa Everywhere in Your Home

 

All-New Echo Dot—Now with a New Design and More Powerful Sound Just RRP $89.00

 

The next-generation Echo Dot features a new fabric design and more powerful sound—and it is still the best way to add Alexa to any room. With an all-new curved shape and fabric finish, Echo Dot is available in Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone, letting customers easily mix and match. The new Echo Dot plays music louder with richer sound, all in a compact design. Put an Echo Dot in every room to ask for information or the weather, play your favourite music in a multi-room music grouping, set timers and alarms, and control compatible smart home devices. 

 

All-New Echo PlusNew Design, Upgraded Sound, Built-In Smart Home Hub and More Ways to Control Your Smart HomeJust RRP $269.00

 

With its built-in Zigbee smart home hub, the all-new Echo Plus makes setting up compatible smart home devices easy. Just say, “Alexa, discover my devices,” and Echo Plus will automatically discover and setup compatible lights, locks, plugs, switches, and more without the need for additional hubs or apps. Echo Plus now includes an embedded temperature sensor, so you can set temperature-based routines using other smart home devices. For example, when the living room reaches 30 degrees, Alexa can send a notification to your phone and turn on a fan connected to a smart plug.

 

With Wi-Fi simple setup, you can automatically connect compatible devices to your Wi-Fi network and Alexa in a few easy steps. All you need to do is power on the smart device and it will recognise your Wi-Fi network and Echo device. Wi-Fi simple setup is available with new Echo devices.

 

Echo Plus has a larger 3-inch Neodymium woofer and increased back volume so that the bass feels stronger and the mids and highs are clearer. It also features an all-new fabric design and is available in Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone. 

 

Echo Companion Device—Enhance your Experience with Echo Sub

 

Echo Sub—Powerful Subwoofer for your Echo—Just RRP $229.00

 

Echo Sub is the first wireless Echo subwoofer for those who want to pump up the bass when listening to music on their existing or new Echo devices. You can connect Echo Sub to compatible Echo devices to create a 1.1 or 2.1 pairing for stereo sound. With the equaliser feature, you can adjust the bass, mid-range, and treble of the pairing simply by using your voice. Just say, “Alexa, turn up the bass.” 

 

Availability

 

Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Sub are available for pre-order starting today from retailers including Noel Lemming and JB Hi-Fi and will start shipping next month. Prices quoted in this release reflect recommended retail prices.

 





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  Reply # 2094372 21-Sep-2018 10:36
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The new Show looks impressive with the 10 inch screen...also eerily like the Lenovo smart display which is not a bad thing. Wonder if I can convince the wife this is what she needs in the new kitchen :-)






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  Reply # 2094404 21-Sep-2018 11:23
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What, no clock or microwave ?

 

 

 

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  Reply # 2094652 21-Sep-2018 17:05
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Damn. I already have the current Echo Plus with the hub but the stereo setup is appealing. It looks like you'd have to buy two of the Echo Plus (2nd gen) to be able to get stereo though. I hate having to re-buy stuff. 


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  Reply # 2096228 25-Sep-2018 15:56
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Waiting for Echo Auto cool


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  Reply # 2096231 25-Sep-2018 16:06
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A pretty funny summation of the newly announced Alexa products by Paul Hibbert

https://youtu.be/VvbO-9AVFzQ

Funny also that the media release can't even spell the name of one of the release retailers in NZ correctly.




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