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We always go into this affair looking for Amazon's new updates to its Echo devices, if any. Echo speakers didn't get an upgrade in 2021's event, though we did get a new line of Echo Show smart displays. In 2022, however, Amazon is flaunting a fresh lineup of Echo devices.
While the 5th Gen Echo Dot is the same size as the previous generation, it features a completely redesigned internal structure for double the bass output and crisper audio. The Echo Dot with Clock display now goes beyond the time to show calendar events and media information, making it a helpful addition for anyone looking for a sleek and compact smart speaker for a bedside table or office.
The Echo Dot (5th Gen) now has both an accelerometer and temperature sensors, so now a tap on the top of the device can control media and calls. The temperature sensor can give you the room temperature or run automations through Alexa, so it can automatically run your HVAC system when triggered by a high or low temperature.
The third-gen Echo Dot remains Amazon's most popular smart speaker, and has been since its 2018 launch, so the new 5th Gen Echo Dot has some big, yet compact, shoes to fill.
Echo Dot Kids: 5th Generation
Amazon unveiled two new characters for its Echo Dot Kids lineup: the Owl and Dragon. The new characters join the Echo Kids Tiger and Panda currently for sale. Kids can interact with these new characters complete with custom voices, as well as enjoy an Amazon Kids Plus subscription for one year. Each of the new Echo Dot Kids models starts at $59.99 and will be available for sale next month.
The Echo Studio is getting a new color and upgraded spatial audio processing that builds on its already existing 3D audio, with deeper bass and crisper sounds to fill the room. The Echo Studio currently retails for $199.99, with the white option available for preorder today. Already-purchased Echo Studio devices will be able to get the update for the improved audio experience as well.
Echo speaker devices are an interaction platform for Amazon's smart voice assistant Alexa, which you can also use with any of the Echo Dots and Echo Shows. But the biggest difference between the Echo, Echo Studio, and the rest of the lineup is that the Studio is Zigbee-enabled, so it can connect Zigbee gadgets in your house as a smart home hub.