Amazon introduced a number of new gadgets throughout a particular occasion in Seattle, together with an all-new Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is the small, puck-sized model of the Echo speaker, providing a option to entry Alexa smarts with out the necessity for the full-sized Echo.
The brand new mannequin brings a contemporary design coupled with sound enhancements, however how else does it differ from its predecessor? Right here is how the all-new 2018 Echo Dot compares to the previous Echo Dot from 2016.
All new Echo Dot vs previous Echo Dot design
New Echo Dot: 99 x 99 x 43mm, 300g
Outdated Echo Dot: 84 x 84 x 32mm, 163g
Materials end on new Echo Dot, no case mandatory
The all-new Echo Dot has a brand new and improved design in comparison with the unique mannequin. It is perhaps somewhat bigger and heavier than its predecessor, but it surely comes with a extra rounded design with a cloth end across the outdoors just like the Echo, leading to a a lot softer and extra refined look.
It’s out there in three color choices – Charcoal Cloth, Heather Gray material and Sandstone material – and just like the earlier technology, it has a light-weight ring across the circumference on the prime. The ability port has modified from Micro-USB on the rear for a cleaner end, however the three.5mm audio output port stays.
On the highest of the all new Echo Dot, there’s a quantity up button, a quantity down button, a microphone off button and an motion button, identical to the earlier Echo Dot.
The 2016 mannequin is smaller and lighter than the brand new mannequin as we stated, but it surely has a way more plastic end until you add one of many six Echo Dot circumstances to it, which are available in leather-based and material choices. It has a Micro-USB port on the rear for charging, whereas Amazon branding is current on the entrance, one thing you will not discover on the brand new Echo Dot.
New Amazon Echo Dot vs previous Echo Dot sound
New Echo Dot: 1.6-inch speaker
Outdated Echo Dot: zero.6-inch tweeter
Apart from design, sound is the second space the place the brand new Echo Dot improves on its predecessor. The 2018 Echo Dot, or third technology, has a 1.6-inch speaker inside whereas the earlier Echo Dot has a zero.6-inch tweeter.
This could imply the brand new Echo Dot shall be considerably extra succesful than its predecessor. Amazon has claimed the brand new Echo Dot now gives “full sound” and it’s stated to be higher at playback of songs by its built-in speaker.
The all-new Echo Dot may also be hooked as much as your individual audio system over Bluetooth or the three.5mm audio output, simply as you possibly can with the second technology mannequin.
Echo Dot (2018) vs Echo Dot (2016) options
Each management sensible residence merchandise
Each supply identical Alexa performance
All new Echo Dot stated to have higher voice recognition
The all-new Echo Dot gives all the identical options as the present Echo Dot that means it is all about Alexa. Ask Alexa to learn the information, reply questions, test the climate, set reminders, management suitable sensible residence gadgets, or play your favorite music on both Echo Dot and she or he’ll oblige.
The 2018 mannequin is claimed to be higher at voice recognition although, providing 4 far-field microphones, which we presume are higher positioned, larger and stronger than the seven on the earlier Echo Dot. In consequence, it ought to imply Alexa will have the ability to hear you from throughout the room and precisely choose up what you request.
Each the Echo Dot’s are able to audio calls between Echo gadgets and the Alexa app, as Echo gadgets have been for a while, and in addition they work with sensible residence gadgets from corporations together with Wemo, Nest, Netatmo, Hive, Tado, Philips Hue and Bravia.
New Amazon Echo Dot vs previous Echo Dot worth and conclusions
The all-new Amazon Echo Dot shall be out there from 11 October for £49.99 ($49.99 within the USA). The 2nd technology Echo Dot continues to be at present on sale for £49.99, making them the identical worth for now.
The 2018 Echo Dot has a a lot nicer design than the second technology Echo Dot nevertheless, with a extra premium and seamless end.
Additionally it is claimed to have higher sound high quality and higher voice recognition so whereas these two gadgets may supply the identical options by way of Alexa, the brand new Echo Dot is the one to go for, particularly as it’s the identical worth.