Amazon expands its Alexa-powered Echo Spot from the U.S. into the U.K and Germany


Amazon has announced that its Alexa-powered Echo Spot is officially available to buy outside the U.S., as the company opens preorders in the U.K. and Germany.

The ecommerce giant unveiled the latest Echo incarnation back in September when it launched the Echo Spot for $ 130. It’s similar to the Echo Show insofar as it has a screen, except it’s squeezed into an alarm clock-style form factor.

Sporting a 2.5-inch circular screen, the Echo Spot isn’t really designed for watching movies, but it could prove useful for video calls, short news snippets, weather forecasts, and so on. As per its form factor, it’s also designed for use as a bedside alarm clock.

Above: Echo Spot

As with other Echo devices, the Echo Spot integrates with the broader smart home, meaning you can use your voice to control your lights and thermostats, set alarms, request weather updates, and play music via the built-in two-watt speaker.

The Echo Spot is available to pre-order from today for £119.99 in the U.K. and €129.99 in Germany, which converts roughly to $ 165 / $ 160 as of today’s exchange rate — significantly more expensive than the $ 130 price-tag in the U.S. At any rate, the Echo Spot will begin shipping to European customers from January 24.

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