On Wednesday, Amazon held a hardware launch event that introduced a lot of new tech. So, here’s a rundown on all the big announcements that were made.
A New Kindle
The newest Kindle, known as Kindle Scribe is an E-Ink tablet that you can use for reading and writing. It comes with a 10.2-inch screen with 300ppi, along with a Basic Pen or Premium Pen option for a stylus. The Premium Pen costs $30 more and comes with a customizable shortcut button and a sensor for an eraser. With the standard stylus, the device costs $339 and is available for preorder now.
A New Echo Auto Device
The upgraded Echo Auto costs $54.99 and is smaller than the one launched in 2018. It also has fewer mics when compared to the original, at five instead of eight, and features improved algorithms that help it detect voice commands over other sounds in the car, like your radio or AC.
5th Gen Echo Dot Speakers
Amazon also revealed two new Echo Dot speakers: one with a clock and one without. The devices now come with improved audio along with a temperature sensor and tap-to-gesture controls. Meanwhile, the Echo Dot with Clock has a brighter LED display with a higher resolution. Both new Echo Dot speakers, will allow the devices to work as Wi-Fi extenders for your Eero Mesh Wi-Fi network.
A Sleep-Tracking Device
The Halo Rise is a new device you place on your nightstand that tracks your sleep using sensors for movement and breathing that are supposed to tell you how well you slept. You can also use it as an alarm clock. The device will cost $139.99 when it comes out later this year.
A New Fire TV Cube
Amazon’s latest Fire TV Cube comes with HDMI input so you can plug in and control your cable box by voice, a new “super-resolution upscaling” feature to boost the resolution of high-definition content, support for Wi-Fi 6E, as well as a new eight-core chip that Amazon says is 20 percent faster than the previous device. The new Fire TV Cube costs $139.99. Preorders have begun, and they will ship in October.
High-End 4K Fire TVs
Amazon showed off two new Fire TV Omni QLED TVs that come with ambient light sensors that dim the display when no one’s around. The 65-inch TV starts at $799, while the larger 75-inch TV costs $1,099.99.
A New Spotlight Cam
The new Spotlight Cam Pro comes packed with more advanced features, such as 3D motion detection, color pre-roll, and Bird’s Eye View, which is more unusual in a device that has a wireless option. While the wired and wireless versions both cost $229.99, the solar panel-powered model costs $249.99. They’re available for preorder now.