At its annual 2020 hardware event, Amazon has announced a handful of new devices, including next-generation Echo devices, all-new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, as well as the new WiFi 6-compatible eero Pro 6 and eero 6 mesh systems.
2020 Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite
The all-new Fire TV Stick (CAD $59.99) features an enhanced 1.7 GHz quad-core processor that makes it 50% more powerful than the previous generation. It delivers fast streaming in 1080p at 60fps with HDR support and supports Dolby Atmos. The dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 5 GHz networks for more stable streaming and fewer dropped connections.
Click here to pre-order Fire TV Stick–it releases on September 30, 2020.
Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick Lite (CAD $49.99) is an affordable way to begin streaming in full HD. It is also 50% more powerful than the previous-generation Fire TV Stick and has more processing power than other streaming media players under $50. It also features HDR support and comes with a new Alexa Voice Remote Lite.
Click here to pre-order Fire TV Stick Lite–ships on September 30, 2020.
2020 Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Show 10
The new Echo features a spherical design, Dolby stereo sound, and built-in Zigbee hub at the same affordable Echo price. The new fabric finish looks great in any space with a bright LED light ring at the base of the sphere that reflects off of surfaces for added visibility. The new Echo also sounds significantly better thanks to a 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters.
Click here to pre-order for $129.99 CAD–releases on October 22, 2020.
The new Echo Dot has the same spherical design and fabric finish as Echo. It’s compact, but it packs in a powerful 1.6-inch, front-firing speaker, producing crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound you can enjoy in any room of your home.
Click here to pre-order for $69.99 CAD–releases on October 22, 2020.
The new Echo Dot with clock, already the best-selling clock on Amazon.ca, comes with the same enhancements as the new Echo Dot, plus a simple LED display so you can glance at the time, temperature, timers, and alarms.
Click here to pre-order the new Echo Dot with Clock for $79.99 CAD–releases on November 5, 2020.
The all-new Echo Show 10 features a 10-inch, adaptive HD display that automatically stays in view when you interact with Alexa, no matter where you are in the room. Plus, the new brushless motor is completely silent, meaning you won’t hear a thing as Echo Show 10 rotates.
All-New eero Pro 6, eero 6 Mesh Wifi Systems
The newest additions to the eero family, eero Pro 6 and eero 6 wifi systems (starting at CAD $179) feature Wi-Fi 6, delivering faster speeds, higher performance, and better support for simultaneously connected devices.
- eero Pro 6: Perfect for homes with Gigabit internet connections, a single eero Pro 6 is a tri-band, high-performance mesh Wi-Fi 6 router with two Ethernet ports and a built-in Zigbee smart home hub. A single eero Pro 6 covers up to 190 square meters. A two-pack includes two eero Pro 6 routers, covering up to 320 square meters. An eero Pro 6 three-pack includes three eero Pro 6 routers that connect wired or wirelessly to cover up to 560 square meters.
- eero 6: Designed for homes with internet connections up to 500 Mbps, a single eero 6 is a dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 router with two Ethernet ports and a built-in Zigbee smart home hub. A single eero 6 covers up to 140 square meters. An eero 6 two-pack covers up to 280 square meters and includes an eero 6 mesh router and the all-new eero 6 mesh wifi extender. An eero 6 three-pack, which provides up to 460 square meters of coverage, includes an eero 6 and two eero 6 mesh wifi extenders.
Nick Weaver, CEO of eero, told iPhone in Canada in a statement, “Customers need reliable home wifi now more than ever. Many of us are working from home, helping kids with online learning, keeping in touch with friends and family, and streaming and gaming in 4K – often at the same time. The eero 6 series is the fastest eero series yet, giving our customers the speed and reliability of Wi-Fi 6 at an affordable price.”
Other news today from Amazon that will apply to Canada:
- Netflix on Echo Show devices later this year
- New Fire TV experience update later this year: more personal, faster, intuitive
- Alexa privacy features: ask Alexa to delete voice recordings, turn off motion and more
- New Echo and Fire TV devices will include 100% post-consumer recycled fabric, 100% recycled die-cast aluminum, and an average of 47% post-consumer recycled plastic, according to Amazon
Other Amazon announcements but USA-only:
- Echo Dot Kids Edition – new Panda and Tiger designs
- Alexa to get new speaking style adaptation
- Alexa Guard Plus – 24/7 monitoring; $4.99 USD/mo; $49.99 USD/year
- Care Hub – Alexa feature to care for aging loved ones
- Ring Car Alarm – $59.99 USD
- Ring Car Connect – $199.99 USD for Tesla Model S, 3, X, Y
- Ring Always Home Cam – $249 USD
- Luna – cloud gaming service at $4.99 USD/month intro price
- Luna Controller – $49.99 USD