Amazon launches Echo Spot, an Alexa-powered alarm clock

It's a tinier, more focused alternative to the Echo Show.


Amazon's Alexa-themed event apparently includes Echo speakers for every possible use case under the Sun. The tech giant has introduced the Echo Spot, a cute circular-screened device that's basically an Echo Show squeezed into an alarm clock. You won't watch movies on it (not with a 2.5-inch display), but it can do many of the things its bigger sibling can -- you can look at a nursery camera, watch a video briefing or hold video calls.

It includes second-generation far field microphones, so it's better at understanding your across-the-room commands than earlier Echo hardware. And it can connect to speakers through Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio cable, so you don't have to endure the 2W built-in speaker if you listen to music in the morning.

The Spot is available to pre-order now, and will ship to the US in December for $130 (it reaches Germany and the UK early in 2018). That's expensive compared to the audio-only Echo, but it's enough of a discount over the Show that it might make more sense if you're not concerned about screen size or audio quality.