Amazon has expanded their Echo line quite a bit since the release of the original Amazon Echo, but it sounds like they’re now working on the original’s successor. A source tells Engadget that Amazon is planning to release the 2nd-generation Amazon Echo this fall. THe new device is supposed to improve on the current model in every way, including size, appearance, and audio quality.
Engadget’s source, who claims to have seen a pre-production version of the new Echo, says it is both shorter and slimmer than the current model. They say it’s about the height of 3 or 4 Amazon Echo Dots, which would make it about the size of the Amazon Tap. It’s size isn’t the only thing that will resemble the Tap, because it’s also said to have “rounded edges and a cloth-like covering,” which sounds a lot like the Tap’s characteristics.
The source says, despite the new Echo’s smaller footprint, that it will sound better than the original. One way the new model will improve audio quality is by including “several tweeters this time, instead of just relying on one large tweeter.” Improvements will also be made with the device’s microphones, but no details were given.
Details about the price of the new Amazon Echo were not given, but considering the Echo’s biggest competitor, the Google Home, is $50 less than the Echo at $130, I would expect Amazon to price the new Echo aggressively and come in around $130.