Amazon announces new Echo Dots with upgraded sound, plus updates to Echo Studio

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock
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At Amazon's September launch event the company has announced an all-new fifth-generation Echo Dot and Dot with Clock, plus audio-improving software updates to the Echo Studio and a new white finish.

The updates to the Echo Studio will come to all existing Echo Studios and will of course be pre-installed in new ones. Amazon promises that the update will "improve stereo sound and [enhance] the clarity and bass response" with new spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension which you can learn more about direct from Amazon. Though, we won't know exactly how the new Echo Studio tech performs until we get our hands on one.

Updated Echo Studios available in the all-new white finish will cost £190 / $200 and start shipping in October, while you can pre-order now. As a reminder, there's no new Echo Studio hardware, just a new colour alongside a software update that's coming to all Studios. A timeline for this update to existing Studios hasn't been announced just yet.

Amazon also announced the fifth generation of Echo Dot and Dot with Clock at its event. Both models apparently have twice the bass and 50% less distortion than their predecessors, despite being the same size and shape. 

According to Amazon, this massive audio quality improvement comes from a redesigned audio architecture that features a custom full-range driver and the highest excursion speaker of any Echo Dot to date. Of course, we'll have to test the new Echo Dots ourselves before we can tell you how well the new model performs.

The Dot with Clock also has an updated dot matrix display. Both models are set to come with new temperature sensors alongside tap gesture controls, too, while upgrades to Dot with Clock's display now allow you to view the name of a song you're listening to, weather, calculations, calendar event times, and more in addition to the time.

New Echo Dots will also come with Eero wi-fi support built-in and can be used as mesh network extenders with Eero as well, while fourth-generation Dots will be updated with this same Eero support. The new Dot and Dot with Clock will cost £55 / $50 / AU$79 and £65 / $60 / AU$99 respectively and can be pre-ordered today. 

The Echo Dot Kids is also getting an update with all-new designs featuring owls and dragons. It will be available this Christmas for £65 / $60.

Finally, Amazon has also announced a new Echo Auto, which is smaller than before and comes with an adhesive mount. It will set you back $55.


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