Amazon leaks forthcoming Echo Sub and Alexa-powered Smart Plug

Google Home Hub front

And it seems the report was bang on the money.

Earlier today, Amazon announced a slew of new products centering around its popular Echo devices like the Echo Dot.

The whole range is due to be launched later today in Seattle, which sends alarm bells as to whether we'll see them in the United Kingdom in time for Santa as Amazon isn't all about worldwide simultaneous launches.

Amazon kicked off the smart speaker category in 2014 with the release of its first Echo smart speaker and has dominated it since. It looks like what might happen if your Apple HomePod and the Google Home Mini had a baby.

Just like other Google Home devices, the Home Hub will only work when connected to a wall switch judging by the power cable at the back. It also provides an intuitive touch screen with voice control.

A new (second-gen) Echo Plus is also on the horizon. It also features a temperature sensor, so it can trigger routines based on your home's climate. Above that is a 5MP camera supporting high-definition video calls, and sometime soon, they'll be able to make Skype calls with the device. The AmazonBasics Microwave is to pre-order starting today for $59.99 and will start shipping later this year.

Google Home Hub rear
Google Home Hub leaks, set to face off against Amazon Echo Show

The updated Echo Show has a more stylish design, and a larger, 10-in display and an upgraded speaker system with dual, side-firing 2in Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator, and real-time Dolby processing.

Again, Amazon has kept the price the same, at £200.

Unlike the Dot this gadget doesn't feature an in-built speaker with users simply attaching this device to an existing speaker via Bluetooth or the 3.5mm headphone port. Think of it as an Alexa-flavoured Chromecast Audio, then. Background road noise, the sound of the radio, and other people talking can get in the way of Alexa understanding, hence the need to squeeze eight microphones inside. If you have passive speakers, the Echo Link Amp adds "a built-in 60W 2-channel amplifier" to the equation. There's also an "Ask Alexa" button on the touchscreen control panel of the microwave; you can press this button and bypass Alexa with commands like "Cook for four minutes". Yet, the Home Mini and Echo Dot can do nearly everything the Homepod can do (and more if you have an Android smartphone).

And that's your hardware lot.

At a special event in Seattle this afternoon Amazon revealed a range of new products running the Alexa digital assistant.

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