Amazon announces 3rd generation Echo smart speaker

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

Amazon is introducing a new version of its main Echo smart speaker today. The third-generation Echo has upgraded sound quality thanks to neodymium drivers — taken from the existing Echo Plus — and a three-inch woofer. Amazon claims “the bass is stronger” and mids and highs are clearer. The fabric-covered design is familiar, but now comes in a new “twilight blue” color. The 2019 Echo costs the same $99.99 as before, and preorders begin today.

Amazon hardware VP Dave Limp positioned the new Echo as a great way for listening to Amazon Music HD, the new lossless-quality streaming tier of the company’s subscription music service. But the regular Echo came alongside the announcement of a new, premium Echo Studio speaker with the best speaker performance that Amazon has ever offered.

Twilight blue color Amazon smart speaker.

The last major refresh of the Echo occurred in October 2017 when Amazon unveiled the cloth-covered second-generation device.

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