Amazon is introducing a new version of its most important smart Echo speaker today. The third generation Echo has improved sound quality thanks to Neodymium drivers – coming from the existing Echo Plus – and a 3-inch woofer. Amazon claims "the bass is stronger" and the midtones and treble are clearer. The fabric-covered design is well-known, but now comes in a new "dusk blue" color. The Echo of 2019 costs the same $ 99.99 as before and pre-orders start today.
Amazon hardware VP Dave Limp positioned the new Echo as a great way to listen to Amazon Music HD, the new streaming layer of quality without losing the company's subscription 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.
The last major renewal of the Echo took place in October 2017 when Amazon unveiled the dust-covered second-generation device.
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