New $100 Amazon Echo, $35 Echo Connect


Amazon on Wednesday unveiled a slew of new Echo products, in hopes of integrating itself even more tightly into the smart home of the future.

The company revealed a new shorter Echo, giving the device its first major upgrade after introducing it nearly three years ago. The gadget, which is powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, costs $100 (£90 in the UK), a drop from the original Echo price of $180. A pack of three will be sold for $50 off.

Anyone still nostalgic for the look of the original, taller Echo won’t have to worry: Amazon updated that product, too, renaming it the Echo Plus and giving it improved sound and a built-in smart home hub. The Echo Plus will cost $150 (£140) and will come bundled with a Philips smart lightbulb.