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Amazon Echo line adds two new models

Since its big debut last year, the Amazon Echo has become one of the company’s fastest sellers, but the $179 price-tag might have deterred you from adopting the new tech. Now there are two, new devices in the Amazon Echo family to consider, and both are cheaper than the original.

Amazon today announced two new Alexa-enabled devices: Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.

The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device that uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Directly connect Echo Dot to speakers with an audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system. Plus, with its small built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock, or in any room as a voice assistant to control smart home devices and more. Echo Dot is available for $89.99 exclusively for Prime members through Alexa Voice Shopping. To order an Echo Dot, existing Echo and Fire TV customers can just say “Alexa, order an echo dot.” Learn more about Echo Dot and see a video at amazon.com/echodot.

Amazon Tap is an Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker that offers rich, full-range sound. Just tap the microphone button and ask for music, hear the news, search for information, order a pizza, and more with the Alexa Voice Service. Amazon Tap has dual stereo speakers with Dolby processing that provide crisp vocals, extended bass response, and 360° omni-directional audio. Amazon Tap is available for pre-order today for $129.99. Learn more about Amazon Tap and see a video at amazon.com/amazontap.