New 3rd-Gen Amazon Echo Dot Images Leak

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.

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12 comments
  1. AFTVnews says:

    P.S., Let’s just say I’m confident these images are real. ;-)

    • jimberkas says:

      so when is this thing coming out?? and how do you like yours so far?
      Amazon is fire sale’ing the 2nd gen model so I gotta believe release is coming soon

  2. Mike Frisco says:

    Maybe the Kirby is a hint that NFC support is coming…

    • Gareth Price says:

      That’s what Alexa looks like inside the 2nd Gen Echo. They’re measuring her to see if she’ll fit in the new Dot ;-)

  3. cheryl jones says:

    Do you think it will still be 50.00 ?

    • Erin says:

      I don’t really see how they could go higher. Amazon and Google are in price wars between the Dot and the Home Mini that has both pretty regularly being sold for around $30. Even if Amazon lists it at a higher price, seems there would be sales almost immediately because Google will drop the price of the Mini.

  4. Mark B says:

    What are the odds they’ll remove the 3.5mm audio out? That definitely won’t surprise me being that all the sheeple companies are removing wired 3.5mm jacks as fast as humanly possible following Apple’s ridiculous example.

    • Erin says:

      Amazon seems to be going the other way on that. They added it to all the newer Echo devices because it was so popular on the Dot.

      One of the best reasons to get a Dot is because you have better speakers than Amazon makes but want to add Alexa voice control to them.

  5. gn says:

    what i am hopinng for: optical/digital out …

  6. Charlie says:

    Improved sound would be a big plus.

  7. Mark says:

    Looks nice, I use my Dot a lot but not for music. I think these are best used as control devices or streaming your music to a sound system. Great to see an updated model.

  8. AR says:

    But why are they making another dot already?
    They should have came out with a super cheap alternative to the chrome cast audio first instead

    it would make more sense since they do not have one and google does

    yeah you could use a dot but it is a waste of a dot and no optical out either

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