Amazon Releases New Alexa Product, The Echo Dot, Is Already Offering Deals

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Jack Kocsis Director of Commerce

Amazon’s Alexa products, the Echo and the Tap, are extremely popular, but they both cost over $100, so they aren’t great for newbies to the personal assistant-cum-speaker market. That’s where Amazon’s new release, the Echo Dot, comes in. The Echo Dot is smaller than the other two Alexa speakers, and it only costs $50.

A “first generation” version of the Echo Dot had a limited rollout in the spring, but you could only get it if you already had an Alexa speaker. In other words, approximately zero people got one. Now, however, the “second generation” is available to everyone. It won’t be officially released until mid-October, but if you order now you are guaranteed to receive it by that date. Furthermore, by ordering now, you can take advantage of several deal options.

If you pre-order now, you will receive your Dot by its October 20 release (Photo via Amazon)

If you pre-order now, you will receive your Dot by its October 20 release (Photo via Amazon)

Pre-order Amazon Echo Dot for $49.99

Amazon obviously expects the Echo Dot to be a popular Christmas gift, as evidence by the spotlight it places on the multi-pack options:

These are the multi-pack options (Photo via Amazon)

These are the multi-pack options (Photo via Amazon)

That’s right, for every five Echo Dots you buy, you get one free.

The other deal option involves pairing your Echo Dot with a Bose SoundLink speaker, so that you can control that speaker two with nothing but the sound of your voice. If you buy the Echo Dot with the Bose SoundLink Mini II right now, you can save $35 off the $250 value.

Getting these two speakers together will save you 14 percent (Photo via Amazon)

Getting these two speakers together will save you 14 percent (Photo via Amazon)

Amazon Echo Dot + Bose SoundLink Mini II on sale for $213.99

Here are the specs for the new Echo Dot:

  • Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more

  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn

  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others

  • Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music

  • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer

  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more

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