Amazon held its annual hardware event for the press today. In addition to its soon-to-be-launched new Alexa-based generative AI services, there were a number of new hardware devices announced.
in its press release, Amazon revealed that it is launching a new version of its smart display Echo Show 8. It includes a new focused camera, new spatial audio processing technology and a new user interface feature that shows more general information at first, but becomes more detailed as you get closer to the screen. It Available for pre-order now for $149.99 For delivery in October.
Amazon has unveiled three new Fire TV devices. The new Fire TV Stick 4K is 30 percent more powerful than the previous version, Amazon claims, with Wi-Fi 6 support, and is Will sell soon for $49.99. The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max (shown above) has Wi-Fi 6E support and adds the Fire TV surround experience. This will include “helpful information like your family calendar, local weather forecast and reminders on your screen when you’re not streaming” it Will be available soon for $59.99.
There will also be a new Fire TV soundbar, offering the Fire TV OS in a 24-inch sound bar at a price of $119.99.
Amazon is also launching its new eero Max 7 WiFi router. Amazon says:
It combines the company’s patented TrueMesh mesh technology with the latest Wi-Fi 7 standard to dramatically increase speeds, prevent interference from neighboring networks and improve network latency – and with 10 Gigabit Ethernet, you can now download a 4K movie in 10 seconds Or a 50 GB video game in less than a minute.
The price of the router will start at $599.99 and it will come in one, two and three packs.
Amazon also announced a new Echo Hub device. It has an eight-inch touchscreen that you mount on your wall to monitor all of your smart home devices. It will be sold later in 2023 for $179.99.
You can check out more of Amazon’s new hardware products, including new Kids Fire tablets and new Echo Frames smart glasses, in the company’s press release. Amazon has not named a replacement for its current head of hardware Dave Limp, who has already announced that he is stepping down from that role. Unconfirmed rumors claim that Microsoft’s former Surface and Windows head, Panos Panay, will be the new hardware leader at Amazon.
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