Amazon Devices and Alexa Updates for October 2023
On September 20, 2023, Amazon held its annual Devices and Services hardware announcement at its HQ2 campus in Arlington, Virginia. The event showcased AI-powered enhancements for Alexa and Amazon’s smart home ecosystem, signaling the next generation of devices aimed at transforming home interactions.
Here’s an overview of what’s available as of October 2023:
- Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2nd Gen): Priced at $74.99, it supports Wi-Fi 6E and introduces the Fire TV Ambient Experience.
- Fire TV Stick 4K (2nd Gen): Available for $69.99, it features a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, making it 30% more powerful than its predecessor.
- Fire TV Soundbar: Retailing at $199.99, it offers fuller sound, clearer dialogue, and deeper bass.
Smart Home Devices
- Echo Hub: Available for pre-order at $239.99, it serves as a command center for smart home devices and ships starting December 6th.
- eero Max 7: Amazon’s first Wi-Fi 7 mesh system will be available soon, starting at $799.99.
- Fire HD 10 Kids and Fire HD 10 Kids Pro: Available for pre-order at $249.99, these tablets are designed for kids aged 3-7 and 6-12, respectively.
- Fire HD 10: Also available for pre-order at $189.99, it is built for relaxation and ships starting October 18th.
- Ring Stick Up Cam Pro: Available for pre-order at $234.99, it offers HDR video with Color Night Vision.
- Blink Sync Module Pro: Coming in Spring 2024, priced at $59.99.
- Blink Outdoor 4 Floodlight Camera: Available for pre-order at $209.98, it offers wire-free, HD, 2-year security.
- Blink Outdoor 4 Battery Extension Pack: Available for pre-order at $39.99, it extends battery life to four years.
- Echo Hub: Designed for seamless management of connected devices, it supports over tens of thousands of devices and integrates with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread, and Matter devices.
- Real-Time Call Translation: A new Alexa feature offering real-time captioning for audio and video calls.
- Project Kuiper: Amazon’s initiative to provide global broadband connectivity via a constellation of over 3,000 satellites.
- Ring Door View Cam: Returns to Canada, priced at $169.99.
- Kindle Scribe Updates: Handwritten notes can now be accessed from the Kindle app on iOS, with Android support coming in early 2024.