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Amazon Echo Studio vs. Show 8 vs. Flex vs. Dot with Clock: Your questions answered

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All of the new Echo devices Amazon announced.


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Amazon announced five new Echo speakers at its annual event on Wednesday. The product lineup includes the Echo Studio, Echo Show 8, a refreshed Amazon Echo ($70 at Amazon) for 2019, Echo Dot with Clock and the Echo Flex. Along with these new devices are new commands to ask Alexa, more options to delete your voice recordings, support for added languages…the list goes on.

Amazon also introduced the Echo Glow ($30), which pairs with Alexa and serves as a smart night light. It isn’t actually a smart speaker, though, so we’ve left it off this list. The Echo Glow’s functions include setting sleep timers, pulsing light to the beat of music and campfire mode, which gives you the illusion of a bonfire. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon’s new Echo speakers for 2019, from their price and availability to the features that make them unique from the rest.





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Which new Amazon Echo is which

Echo Studio: Amazon is positioning this as the one with the best sound. This is arguably the most advanced Echo of the bunch, with three speakers located left, right and at the top of the device. Echo Studio is the first of its kind to have 3D audio. You can stream two Studio speakers at the same time while watching TV to create a theater-like listening experience. 

Echo Show (2019): The newest Show is a speaker with an 8-inch HD screen. It has a microphone and camera off button for user privacy. It also includes a physical camera shutter.

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The new Amazon Echo Studio is the first to have 3D audio.


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Echo (2019): This device looks similar to the Echo Plus and includes a 3-inch woofer and increased rear volume. It also has a fabric design and includes a new color, twilight blue.

Echo Dot with Clock: This looks and works just like the Echo Dot, a small and portable speaker, but now it has an LED display clock. So you don’t always have to ask Alexa what time it is. Here’s one new feature: Now when your alarm goes off, you can tap the top of the speaker to snooze.

Echo Flex: This is the first Echo device that’s cordless and instead plugs into your wall’s outlet (you could also likely plug it into a power strip). The Flex has a small built-in Alexa speaker so you can give it commands, but it’s “not optimized for playing music.” So it does play music, but it’s not ideal. The Flex includes a USB port that lets you charge your phone and plug in other accessories, like a motion sensor and new Amazon Smart Nightlight.

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Amazon Echo Flex plugs into your wall’s outlet and has a USB port.


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Cost and sales date

All of these Amazon Echo devices are available for preorder on Amazon.com now. Here’s a list of dates they will be available:

  • Echo Studio: $200, on sale Nov. 7
  • Echo Show (2019): $130, on sale Nov. 21
  • Echo (2019): $100, on sale Oct. 16
  • Echo Dot with Clock: $60, on sale Oct. 16
  • Echo Glow: $30, on sale Nov. 20
  • Echo Flex: $25, on sale Nov. 14
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Amazon Echo Glow serves as a night light.


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Alexa assistant gets new commands and skills, too

  • Amazon wants to improve the way Alexa communicates, so it has created these two new commands: “Alexa, tell me what you heard” which leads Alexa to tell you what it thought you said, and “Why did you do that?” which gets Alexa to explain why it performed an action (like playing music).
  • Automatically delete voice recordings after 3 or 18 months
  • Neural text to speech
  • Multilingual Mode
  • Mimics celebrity voices (with their permission)
  • Frustration Detection for Alexa
  • Alexa Guest Connect
  • Alexa Communications for Kids
  • Alexa Education Skill API

Want to see what else Amazon released today? Check out Amazon event 2019: Echo Buds, Echo Frames, Alexa privacy updates, Amazon Smart Oven and everything announced and Echo Loop puts Amazon’s Alexa on your finger.

Originally published earlier this week.


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