Today, Amazon is virtually taking the stage to unveil a host of new devices and services. The company’s annual hardware event always kicks off in September, and this time around we’re expecting the announcements from earlier in the month to be followed up by a focus on Echo and Alexa smart home lineups. We’ll be updating this post throughout the event with all the details on Amazon’s latest products and more announced today.
What to expect during Amazon’s September event
Amazon’s annual hardware event will be kicking off right at noon, with an expected wide range of products to be revealed just around the corner. The brand’s device lineup is bigger than ever, and today should see new additions to the roster arrive across several different product categories.
The biggest reveals we’re expecting today come from the Echo lineup. It has now been two years since Amazon released its latest series of Alexa-enabled speakers, and today should have the company revealing a new host of smart home accessories of all sorts. Expect to see an entirely refreshed stable of smart speakers centered around new designs.
The higher-end side of Amazon’s Kindle lineup is another area that is prime for some news during the September event today. The company has been showing some love to the entry-level offerings as of late, but models like the Kindle Oasis have taken a backseat to some of the more affordable ways to get in the e-reader game. getting the Amazon event pre-write done here so it can go live a little before the event
Amazon will be officially kicking off the September event come 12 P.M. EST. So stay locked to our coverage as we continually share all of the news. I’ll be live-Tweeting the event, so feel free to say hi over on Twitter.
Amazon is kicking off today’s event by starting with the Kindle! The new models that were just refreshed at the beginning of the month are taking the spotlight so far, with the company highlighting its combination of unique hardware and software features.
But as far as new hardware goes, Amazon is announcing the new Kindle Scribe! It’s the first e-reader from the company you can write on. On top of all the reading you’d expect, you can now write and doodle. All of the tech is centered the “world’s first” 10.2-inch adjustable front light display. The Scribe pairs with an analog stylus that doesn’t require charging and magnetically snaps to the e-reader.
On top of being able to annotate books and add sticky notes to various content directly on the scribe, you can also send documents from your smartphone. Amazon notes that Microsoft Word support will be arriving next year, too.
Going up for pre-order later today, the new Amazon Kindle Scribe will retail for $339.99. Shipping is slated for before the holiday season, though an exact date has yet to be revealed. That price tag also includes the pen, and is complemented by a free 4-month Unlimited subscription.
Amazon Ambient takes the stage
Next we’re moving onto Amazon Ambient, the company’s intelligence features that help move the technology into the background. There are three big selling points for helping users enjoy the here and now, with a focus on being intuitive, proactive, and personalized. We’ll see how Amazon looks to integrate Echo and its other hardware into the discussion.