Amazon has unveiled an all-new 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot. It’s available in the US for $49.99, the UK for £49.99, and Germany for €59,99. That’s considerably less than the $89.99 price of the first generation model. The main difference between this new model and the first one announced earlier this year is the new one no longer has a spinning volume wheel on top, like on the full sized Echo. Instead, the new Echo Dot has volume up and down buttons, like you find on the Amazon Tap. The new Echo Dot is also thinner than the original, at 1.3″ compared to the original’s 1.5″ height. It’s also lighter, weighing in at 163 grams versus the 250 grams for the first generation version.
The new Echo Dot functions identically to the previous generation, but Amazon says they’ve improved voice recognition with a more powerful, completely redesigned voice processor. There is also a new Echo Spatial Perception technology that allows multiple Echo Dots within earshot to be aware of each other so that only the one you are speaking to responds. This feature will also be rolling out to the Echo and first generation Dot through a software update.
The new Echo Dot is available for pre-order now in both black or white, and will arrive in the US and UK on October 20th and in Germany on October 26th. Amazon is also selling the new Echo Dot in a 6 and 12-pack. If you buy 5 Echo Dots and enter promo code DOT6PACK at checkout, you’ll receive a 6th Echo Dot for free. If you buy 10 and enter promo code DOT12PACK at checkout, you’ll get 2 Echo DOts for free.