Above are images of what is allegedly a new 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot that will be released later this year, according to French publications Numerama and FrAndroid. The device is codenamed “Donut,” which follows the round food theme of Amazon’s past Echo Dot codenames, which were Pancake (1st-gen) and Biscuit (2nd-gen). The new Echo Dot is currently being tested by Amazon employees and is said to have superior sound quality, compared to the current generation Echo Dot.
Aesthetically, the new Echo Dot more closely resembles the current generation Amazon Echo than the current Echo Dot. The sides are said to be a fabric material, like the current Amazon Echo. It has a much softer appearance with a slightly rounded top and little to no sharp edges.
Along the top appear to be the same four volume, mute, and action buttons found on the current Echo Dot. Also visible in the leaked images are 4 microphone openings. Assuming there is also a microphone in the center, like past models, that makes 5 total microphones, compared to the current Echo Dot’s 7 microphones. As microphone beamforming technologies improve, it’s expected to see fewer microphones needed on newer models.
Judging by the size of the Kirby amiibo figure in one of the images, which are about 2 inches wide, the new Echo Dot appears to be between 3.5 to 4 inches wide, which makes it slightly larger than the existing Echo Dot. If improved sound quality is a primary feature, as sources claim, then it makes sense for the size to increase to accommodate a larger speaker.