Amazon has wrapped up its annual autumn event. It introduced a host of new products or updates to existing devices, including a Kindle Scribe e-reader, Echo smart speakers, Ring and Blink security cameras, Fire TV devices, Eero hardware, a Halo Rise sleep-tracking clock, and more. Here is a complete rundown of everything announced during the event.
When was Amazon's event?
Amazon held its autumn hardware event on 28 September 2022 at 12pm EDT.
How to watch Amazon's event online
Amazon shared a video of its event on YouTube. You can watch it above.
What happened during Amazon's event?
Here are the biggest announcements and takeaways from Amazon's autumn hardware event…
Amazon announced its first Kindle eReader that comes with its own stylus: The Kindle Scribe. It is a lot like a reMarkable in that you can write on its screen. It has a 10.2-inch glare-free E Ink display with a 300ppi – the same resolution as the new entry-level Kindle or the Paperwhite. The touchscreen also allows images to fit the entire width, bezel to bezel. Writing on the Kindle Scribe is similar to writing on paper, so you can also take quick notes, with Amazon claiming that it's like putting post-its on the screen. It is available to pre-order, starting at $339 in the US and £329.99 in the UK.
Amazon Halo Rise
Amazon has announced Halo Rise – a sleep tracking device that sits on your bedside table and tracks the sleep stages of the person closest to it without them having to physically wear anything. Halo Rise is designed to track sleep with no cameras or microphones, by instead using a suite of sensors and monitoring your respiration rate – similar to the second generation Nest Hub.
The Halo Rise will be available later this year for $139.99. It will come with six months of Halo membership.
Amazon Echo Dot (5th generation) and new Echo Dot with Clock
Amazon has announced the next generation of Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock, claiming to deliver better audio.
While the speakers look the same, using the spherical design that launched with the Echo Dot 4-gen, there's been a number of changes to make these compact speakers the best Echo Dots we've seen so far. The audio has been boosted, with Amazon claiming twice the bass and a 50 per cent reduction in the distortion from these speakers. So this should be the best sound that Amazon has offered in the compact speaker so far. Furthermore, to boost networking around your home, the Echo Dot can also now act as an Eero node.
The new Echo Dot will cost $49.99, while the new Echo Dot with Clock will be $59.99.
Echo Studio in Glacier White
Amazon has announced its 360-degree Echo Studio smart speaker is getting an audio boost – and current Echo Studio owners will benefit too.
New spatial audio processing technology will enhance the current stereo performance, bringing music and film soundtracks closer to the listener with improved clarity, presence and width. New Studio buyers will be able to choose a new colour option – a white hue called Glacier White – but Amazon will be rolling out this audio update to existing Studio owners too later in the year.
The new Echo Studio in Glacier White is available for pre-order now for £189.99/$199.99, and will ship later this month. The charcoal version remains available now, with the update rolling out.
Echo Auto (2nd generation)
Amazon has announced a second-generation Echo Auto that's been completely redesigned to be easier to mount in your car. It is a lot slimmer than the original device and comes with a new adhesive mount so you can place it anywhere. There are now five microphones built-in, so it will better hear your commands over road noise, the air conditioner, or music.
Naturally, it uses the same Alexa system as before although that's also been tweaked with new in-car features. You can get roadside assistance using just your voice, for example. ust say, "Alexa, call roadside assistance," and it'll contact an Amazon agent to request help on your behalf. Of course, you will need an online connection in your vehicle for it to work, generally by connecting it to your phone. Amazon's new Echo Auto device will cost $54.99 in the US and is available to pre-order from today. It'll ship next month.
Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED TV series
Amazon has announced the Fire TV Omni QLED, a new range of Fire TV-packing televisions that put a greater emphasis on picture quality than those that have gone before. Offering quantum dot displays and full array backlighting with up to 96 zones, the 65- and 75-inch TVs should offer better colour performance, better contrast, improved black levels compared with 2021's Omni range.
Amazon's own TV range launched in the US in 2021, but is yet to make it over the pond. The budget-friendly screens have previously put experience first and performance second, but with the Fire TV Omni QLED, Amazon is looking to change that. The Fire TV Omni QLED Series will be available in 65-inch and 75-inch versions for $799.99 and $1,099.99 respectively.
They will be available in the U.S. and Canada, directly from Amazon and also through Best Buy, with pre-order starting today.
Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd generation)
Amazon has refreshed its Fire TV Cube streaming device, adding a more powerful octa-core 2.0GHz processor and Wi-Fi 6E support for better wireless connectivity.
The 2022 Fire TV Cube also has a new, rounded-edge design, with a fabric wrap to aid the audio quality of the built-in speaker. The Cube supports a wide range of video and audio formats, such as 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. On-board super resolution upscaling improves video images depending on the resolution of your TV.
The new Amazon Fire TV Cube is available to pre-order now, priced at $139.99 in the US and £139.99 in the UK.
Alexa Voice Remote Pro
Along with a plethora of other devices, Amazon unveiled an updated version of its Fire TV voice-controlled remote, and this one has a handy feature to ensure you'll never lose it forever.
All you have to do is say 'Alexa, find my remote' if you have an Echo/Alexa device in your home, or you use the remote finder button within the Fire TV app, and the remote will start ringing to help you find it. That's not all Amazon added to its remote either. There are two new customisable buttons, which you can program to take you directly to your favourite apps or channels, or program them to perform Alexa smart home functions. Alexa Voice Remote Pro works with almost all Fire TV streaming devices and TVs with Fire TV and is available to pre-order from today for $34.99 in the US.
Blink Wired Floodlight Camera and Blink Mini Pan Tilt
Amazon's affordable smart home security brand, Blink, is getting two new devices to expand the range.
The Blink Mini Pan Tilt isn't a standalone device as such. Instead, it is a mount that you pair with a Blink Mini camera that gives users the ability to more accurately keep an eye on its surroundings. A Blink Mini can be attached to the Pan Tilt mount via micro-USB. It can then be placed on a shelf or tabletop. An optional wall-mount will also be available. The second product is a Blink Wired Floodlight Camera. This offers 1080p live video, two-way audio and, to illuminate a garden or drive when it detects motion, 2600 lumens of LED lighting.
The Blink Mini Pan Tilt is available to pre-order now, priced at $29.99 for the mount itself. The Blink Wired Floodlight Camera will cost $99.99 when it arrives in the "coming months".
Ring Spotlight Cam Pro
Amazon announced the Ring Spotlight Pro during its September event, featuring radar sensors to measure the distance and angle of an object moving in front of the camera for more accurate alerts.
The Ring Spotlight Pro will enable users to set a specific threshold of when you want it to start detecting motion. Once the threshold is crossed, the radar sensors trigger the recording to send a motion alert to your phone. Motion is detected in 3D, which Amazon says will mean alerts are more refined and accurate. The 3D Motion Detection feature also powers features like Bird's Eye View, which offers an ariel view of your home. The idea is to give you a full picture of the motion event, such as how the delivery person approached the front door.
You can pre-order the Ring Spotlight Pro in the Battery or Plug-In option for $229.99 in the US, or £199.99 in the UK. The Wired model will arrive later this year.