A lot has changed since the first Ring video doorbell was released nearly a decade ago but one thing that has become clear is that standard widescreen 16:9 cameras aren’t nearly as useful as those with a greater vertical field of view. That’s why the newly announced Ring Battery Doorbell Plus for $179.99 comes with a much more practical 1:1 aspect ratio, making it Ring’s first head-to-toe battery-powered video doorbell.
The square 1:1 aspect ratio of the Ring Battery Doorbell Plus gives it a 150-degree horizontal field of view and, more importantly, the same 150-degree field of view vertically. This allows you to see your entire front porch area, including any packages that may be waiting for you. The new doorbell camera uses a 1536p HD video resolution, making it the same as Ring’s much more expensive $250 Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. The new Ring Battery Doorbell Plus will be replacing the $200 Ring Video Doorbell 3 in Amazon’s lineup.
While most people will likely just rely on the quick-release rechargeable battery pack to power this new doorbell, it can be hardwired to existing 8-24V AC doorbell systems to trickle charge the battery. Doing so comes with the advantage of also ringing your existing doorbell chime when the video doorbell button is pressed. The doorbell is also compatible with Ring’s solar panel kit if you wanted to go that route to keep the battery topped off.
The new Ring Battery Doorbell Plus is available to pre-order now for $179.99 and will be released on April 5th. If you don’t want to rely on the built-in chime and/or don’t have an existing doorbell chime to wire it into, you can also get it bundled with the separate Ring Chime Pro for $239.98. As the first new doorbell from Ring in two years, it strikes a nice balance of having the improved resolution and aspect ratio of Ring’s more expensive doorbells with the simplicity and convenience of battery power.