The Echo 4th Gen is official. Amazon announced the update to its smart speaker line at its September hardware event and, design-wise, it stands out from its predecessor.
Announced alongside an updated Echo Dot, the new Echo 4th Gen features a circular body with a fabric finish and a bright, blue Alexa ring light at its base for better visibility. It’s a big change from the Echo’s traditional cylindrical form, and it’s designed to blend nicely in with your living room decor.
The smart speaker combines the best of Echo and Echo Plus into a single device, without increasing the price. This means it’s been given an audio boost thanks to a 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters and Dolby processing. According to Amazon, the Echo 4th Gen delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic mids and deep bass.
Another Echo Plus feature coming to the Echo is Zigbee support. The speaker is now a fully-fledged smart home hub with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Amazon Sidewalk, too. With Sidewalk, you’ll be able to set up devices quickly, extend the range of devices beyond your home Wi-Fi and receive support for more devices, such as Tile.
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The Echo 4th Gen has also taken some cues from the Echo Studio. It can now sense the acoustics of your room and adapt and fine-tune audio to best fit the space.
Inside the speaker is Amazon’s first-generation AZ1 Neural Edge processor. The new silicon module accelerates machine learning and includes an all-neural speech recognition mode, allowing it to process speech faster and making Alexa more responsive.
Amazon also said that all its new Echo and Fire TV devices will be made from sustainable materials, earning a Climate Pledge Friendly badge on Amazon.com. All of Amazon’s new Echo devices also come with a Low Power Mode to save energy during periods of inactivity.
The Amazon Echo 4th Gen is available in Charcoal, Glacier White and Twilight Blue colours and is priced at £89.99. They’re are available for pre-order and goes on sale October 22nd.