Amazon did not disappoint with its special media event. We dive into all the new products unveiled by the e-retail giant.
The Kindle Scribe is for more than just reading
The star of the show is the new Kindle Scribe. Instead of just reading, you can also write on the e-ink screen.
A 10.2-inch, 300 ppi glare-free screen is designed to create a natural pen-on-paper experience.
Two stylus options are available. The Basic Pen does not require a battery, while the Premium Pen has an eraser and customizable hotkey.
In addition to being able to add handwritten notes to books, you can keep a journal and add tasks with a variety of templates.
The notebooks are stored and backed up for free. In early 2023, the notebooks will be available on the Kindle app.
From $339the Kindle Scribe is available for pre-order now and will arrive later in 2022. You can choose from a tablet with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage.
Updated Echo Devices Bring New Features
Amazon has also unveiled the fifth-generation Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. Both models now have better audio, a temperature sensor and an accelerometer for new tap movements.
With that, you can tap the top of the device for tasks like stopping and resuming music.
The Echo Dot with clock has been upgraded with high-density dot technology. So along with the time, you can see track information, weather, and more when you ask Alexa for information.
All new speakers will also act as extenders for an existing Eero Wi-Fi network. That can add up to 1,000 square feet of coverage. As good news, the fourth-generation Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Dot with Clock will receive an update to unlock the same functionality on October 20, 2022.
For all new Echo speakers, pre-orders are now available with the hardware arriving in October 2022.
A second generation Echo Auto offers a slimmer design and adhesive mount for more flexibility in placement. It’s $54.99.
Other event announcements
And not all of that has been announced at the event yet. Here’s some more news:
- Blink Wired Floodlight Camera provides security at a lower price. The $99.99 camera has a 2,600 lumen LED lamp. There’s also a new Blink Mini Pan Tilt that adds a motorized mount to the Blink Mini. That’s $29.99.
- Sell for $139.99, the Halo Rise is a bedside tracker that aims to help you improve your sleep. It can provide sleep analysis and includes a digital clock, a wake-up light and a small alarm speaker. You can sign up to be notified when it’s ready to buy.
- A high-end Fire TV Omni QLED series is available in a 65-inch and 75-inch model for $799.99 and $1099.99respectively.
- The $139.99 Third Generation Amazon Fire TV Cube is faster and offers more features, including an HDMI input port and Wi-Fi 6E support.
- The Alexa Voice Remote Pro offers two customizable buttons to do things like run an Alexa routine you’ve created, and also has a speaker to help find it if you lose it. It’s $34.99.
- The Echo Studio will now be available in a new white color and will add spatial audio processing technology and frequency range extension with an upcoming free software update.
Amazon continues to improve its product offering
While Amazon didn’t introduce as many devices as in previous years, the Kindle Scribe seems like an interesting way for people to do more than just read the next bestselling novel.
And any upgraded Echo Dots will likely keep the cheap speaker a popular seller.