The new Amazon Alexa products that are coming to Australia

Posted: 27 September 2019 10:58 am

Amazon Alexa products 2019

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The Australian site is about to get a bunch of new Amazon-branded products including updates to popular Echo products and a wall clock.

With the competition to produce the latest and greatest smart home technology heating up, Amazon has just made a huge move to try and nab the crown. The online giant this week debuted a slew of new products, all designed to get consumers to take voice assistant Alexa with them wherever they go.

In addition to updates of the Echo smart speakers, Amazon has expanded the Alexa range to include some rather niche products like Alexa-enabled glasses and a smart oven, though not all of the products will be available on the Australian version of the site. The intention seems to be to make Alexa as omnipresent as possible to make everyday tasks simpler for users.

The new product range announcement also included a promise of increased commitment to user privacy. The company recently came under fire after news broke that the company's written transcripts of user conversations with Alexa were not being erased, even after users had requested it.

To ease concerns, Amazon has now included a new voice command which lets users hear everything that Alexa has recorded. It will also allow them to delete all voice recordings on a rolling three-month or eight-month basis.

So, which new products are coming to Australia?

All-new Echo Speaker (3rd Gen)

Amazon Echo Speaker 3Gen

Price: $149

Availability: Official release is 16 October. You can also pre-order now.

Unsurprisingly, the first product from the line is an update to the popular Echo Speaker. The 3rd generation boasts improved sound, the ability to pair with a second Echo (3rd Gen) or Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for stereo sound and a new Twilight Blue colour option.

Echo Studio

Amazon Echo Studio

Price: $329

Availability: Official release is 13 November. You can also pre-order now.

Designed to be the latest high-end speaker from Amazon, the Echo Studio features a one-inch tweeter and three two-inch midrange speakers. It also has a built-in smart home hub, 3D audio, Dolby Atmos technology and the ability to auto-adjust sound based on the acoustics of your space.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Echo Dot 3rd gen

Price: $99

Availability: Official release is 16 October. You can also pre-order now.

The latest generation of the Echo Dot sees the mini smart speaker fitted with an LED display on the side which will show you the time and outside temperature in addition to timers and alarms. A sensor also auto-adjusts the display's brightness, meaning that you can leave it on your bedside table without it keeping you awake.

Echo Wall Clock

Amazon wall clock

Price: $49

Availability: Official release is 22 October. You can also pre-order now.

If the Echo Dot won't suffice as a clock, you can grab the Echo Wall Clock instead. The digital 60-LED display can be synced to an accompanying Echo device to automatically adjust for daylight savings. It will also display timers that you have running through other Echo devices. (Requires a compatible Echo device).

With the US site also launching other products such as a pair of Alexa-enabled glasses frames and a voice-enabled smart oven, we may yet see more releases from the Amazon brand arrive on the Australian site. We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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