Amazon goes all out with new Kindle, Fire TV and Alexa remote devices

Amazon Fire TV Cube
The latest Fire TV Cube from Amazon.

Amazon has introduced more ways to engage with your favourite forms of media, with several new devices coming soon from the retail giant.

Included in the new range of Amazon products are the premium eBook reader Kindle Scribe, the Fire TV Cube for streaming media, and the Alexa Voice Remote Pro for more control over your devices. Additionally, Amazon also revealed upgrades to its Echo range of speakers.

Kindle Scribe, a paper-like reading experience

Amazon Kindle Scribe
The Kindle Scribe used for annotating PDFs.

Amazon refers to the Kindle Scribe as “the best Kindle we’ve ever built” and is made to deliver a reading and writing experience like using real paper. It has a 10.2-inch 300 ppi display with an adjustable front light, plus it also comes with a battery-free pen to make notes while reading. For comparison, the latest 11th-generation entry-level Kindle – which is an excellent device in its own right – only has a six-inch display. 

As an added bonus, the Kindle Scribe includes a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription along with free cloud storage. The 16 GB model starts at $549 and is expected to land between December this year and January 2023.

Fire TV Cube brings the power, Alexa Voice Remote Pro brings the control

Now in its third generation, the Fire TV Cube is a streaming device housing a new octa-core 2.0 GHz processor, making it twice as powerful as the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. In practice, this means the Fire TV Cube opens and swaps between apps faster, so you can spend more time streaming your favourite media. In addition to Alexa voice control, the device supports 4K, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, plus HDR visuals. New to this generation of Fire TV Cube is a port for HDMI in, Wi-Fi 6E support, and a feature called Super Resolution Upscaling.

For controlling your streaming device, the Alexa Voice Remote Pro has you covered. The new remote has a couple of helpful features, including two mappable buttons you can program as shortcuts to either apps, specific content, or Alexa commands. The other big feature is Remote Finder. As the name suggests, it helps you find the remote should you misplace it. If your Fire TV device is on and the remote is within 10m, you can ask Alexa to find the missing controller, and the remote will make a sound from its speaker.

Expected to launch by the end of October, the Fire TV Cube costs $219. Meanwhile, the Alexa Voice Remote Pro costs $59 and will launch by mid-November.

Audio improvements to the Echo speakers

Amazon Echo Studio 2022
The 2022 version of the Echo Studio.

Last but not least, Amazon also revealed upgrades to the Echo range, including two Echo Dots, and an enhanced Echo Studio device. Both the Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock speakers benefit from their respective redesigns aimed at producing clear vocals and more bass than prior models. Equipped with theAZ2 Neural Edge processor, both Echo Dots respond faster to gestures and requests, and also include a temperature sensor for contextual smart home commands, like turning on the fan when it gets warm. Plus, the Echo Dot with clock has an improved LED display capable of showing more information – like song details or the weather.

Not to be beaten by the Dots, the Echo Studio speaker features new spatial audio processing to improve the stereo experience, while frequency range extension improves mid-range audio and adds deeper bass. For Echo Show 15 owners, a free update will enable Fire TV support so you can access more streaming services using the device.

The latest Echo Dot costs $79 and, alongside the $99 Echo Dot with clock, will arrive in late October. At $329, the latest Echo Studio is expected to arrive by the middle of November.

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