Amazon’s Reportedly Prepping New Echo Products, Alexa-Compatible Soundbar

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Amazon is reportedly planning to reveal Alexa-equipped soundbars, a new addition to the Echo Show lineup, and other hardware products developed by its Lab126 division on Sept. 28.

Bloomberg reported that Amazon’s marquee announcement could be an Echo Show with a 15-inch display that’s supposed to be mounted to a wall or used with a stand. There are currently 5-, 8-, and 10-inch Echo Show models on the market; a 15-inch option could be a big upgrade.

The company was also said to have developed a soundbar that can facilitate video calls with its built-in camera and Alexa support. Amazon isn’t the only company said to be exploring this space—Apple is also rumored to be working on a smart soundbar with an integrated camera.

Amazon reportedly created a second-generation Echo Auto, too, with “a new design” that “may be able to charge a user’s device with inductive technology.” This would be the first update to the product since the original make-your-car-smarter add-on was introduced in late 2018.

These devices would be the latest in Amazon’s push for new hardware. In the last three months it’s released custom-branded Echo Studio speakers, updated the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, and started working on its own branded TVs in addition to updating the Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

There’s no guarantee that any of these devices will be announced on Sept. 28, of course, but at this point Amazon’s made it clear that it’s going to keep flooding the market with new gadgets.

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