The new Echo will be both shorter and slimmer than a original, roughly as if it were 3 or 4 Echo Dots built on tip of any other, a source claims. Amazon is also softening a pattern with dull edges and a cloth-like covering, rather than a stream Echo’s cosmetic bombard and prosaic ends. And yes, it should sound better, too. The association is make-up in several tweeters this time around, instead of usually relying on one vast tweeter and a woofer (for low end). The HomePod, in comparison, facilities 7 tweeters, that is vast reason why it sounded improved than a Sonos Play:3 and a Echo in a brief demo.
Amazon is also improving a new Echo’s microphone technology, nonetheless it’s misleading how it’s doing so. The stream indication facilities an array of 7 far-field mics, while a HomePod has 6 and Google Home has two. Amazon competence be means to make improvements to a program and acoustic displaying — that’s how Google’s orator manages to collect adult your commands with distant fewer mics. But given that Amazon helped to colonize a use of far-field microphones in a home speaker, we wouldn’t be astounded if it managed to squeeze in some new hardware innovations. A intelligent orator is usually useful if it can accurately hear you, after all.
As successful as a strange Echo has been, it’s not aging gracefully opposite smaller, sleeker and cheaper foe like Google Home. Even as an Echo advocate myself, I’m not a fan of a large, cylindrical footprint. Apple’s HomePod is also significantly smaller, and it packs in copiousness of new record that a Echo doesn’t. At this point, it’s transparent that we can pattern a plain orator that doesn’t take adult a poignant volume of room.
We still don’t know what a new Echo will cost yet, though it would be good to see Amazon dump a cost closer towards a $130 Google Home (which is now on sale for $99). The association could feasible hang with a Echo’s stream $180 pricing, that hasn’t budged given it launched. Even then, it’ll still have a outrageous advantage over a $349 HomePod, that Apple is also positioning as a aspirant to costly Sonos speakers.
We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment, though haven’t perceived a response yet. Our source also records that some pattern elements competence change by a time a new Echo is indeed announced. But given that they saw a operative section that looked flattering polished, and Amazon is formulation for a tumble release, we wouldn’t design any poignant changes.