Amazon has revealed that it is the latest iteration of the Echo Dot, once a washer-shaped companion to the larger line of Echo smart speakers and now a spherical smart speaker. The announcement was made during Amazon’s annual Alexa hardware event, which aired live on Thursday afternoon. The new look coincides with that of the new standard fourth-generation echo, also announced today.
This is technically the fourth generation Dot, not the fifth, as last year’s small iteration only added an LED display to show time, temperature and other minor information through the fabric cover of the speaker.
The big notable feature this time, however, is a redesign of the entire Echo range, turning the design of the washers and cylinders from previous models into small and large balls with the standard already coating that Amazon began to introduce in its later Echo models. Amazon is again selling two models, a cheaper one without a built-in LED display and one for $ 10 more with the display.
In addition to the standard Echo Dots, Amazon is also releasing a new edition of Echo Dot Kids Edition, which will cost $ 59.99 and comes with a cute
an animal face design, probably to inspire a sense of warmth and goodwill (instead of cold ambivalence … or fear?) to Alexa devices among young children.
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