At Amazon’s annual hardware launch event, the company announced a new, fifth-generation Echo Dot. It’s available in standard, with-clock and Kids guises, just as the Echo Dot 4 range before it.
The design hasn’t changed, but there are some notable improvements. In all three models you get a new high-excursion speaker which means better sound quality.
There’s also now a built-in temperature sensor (as found already in the Echo 4) which means Alexa can tell you the temperature of your room. More usefully you can use the temperature as part of a routine to, for example, get Alexa to turn on a fan when a certain temperature is reached.
The third new feature is an accelerometer which enables tap gestures. They include pausing and resuming music, dismissing timers, or ending a call.
The Echo Dot 5 with clock gets a brighter, higher-resolution display which allows it to show more information such as the name of a song title or artist, a snooze timer countdown, the weather, a calculation or unit of measurement, and more.
Finally, two new Kids editions, with designs of an owl and a dragon, get the same updates as the regular Echo Dot 5 and come with a free year’s access to Amazon Kids+.
Amazon says that the devices have the Climate Pledge Friendly badge, and are Carbon Trust certified, That means they’re made from 95% post-consumer recycled fabric and 99% of their device’s packaging is made using materials from managed forests or recycled sources. They’re also designed with a Low Power mode that “intelligently conserves energy during periods of inactivity”.