Compared to its Amazon counterparts, the Echo Spot isn't that different

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CES 2018 the most interesting gadgets announced

CES 2018 the most interesting gadgets announced

Amazon's announced its plans to release the Amazon Echo Spot smart clock in the United Kingdom, powered by the Amazon Alexa AI.

Alternately, the Echo Spot could also prove useful in the kitchen, where users could handle their shopping lists, to-do-lists, recipes, or make calls with Alexa. It's softer form makes it nicer to look at than the Echo Show, but it's important to recognise the difference between these two devices.

The Echo Spot made its debut alongside other Amazon Echo models back in September 2017, but so far it has been available only in the United States.

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Compared to its Amazon counterparts, the Echo Spot isn't that different

Alexa-powered devices are now at the top of the smart speaker market and as competition is ramping up, Amazon is making efforts to expand its reach. It weighs around 450g and won't take up too much space on your bedside table. Of the three buttons, there are controls for volume and the ability to disable the camera/microphone.

With built-in 2W speakers, the Echo Spot is not the best tool for blaring your music through - but built-in Bluetooth and a 3.5mm jack allows it to connect with other speakers in your home for better sound quality.

The Echo Spot can be thought of as an Echo Dot (the scaled down version of the original Echo) but with a camera and screen.

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The new Echo Spot can do everything the Echo Show can, with varying degrees of success.

Alexa is getting smarter, but she doesn't know everything. The Echo Spot, however, does not share the Dot's impulse-buy pricing of £50, instead costing £120 each or £200 for two, available for pre-order today and shipping on 24 January.

It's certainly something you won't mind having on show in your home and has a better design than the Echo Show.

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Like all Echo speakers the Spot has plenty of neat tricks up its sleeve with the device able to turn on the lights, set the heating and even show live footage from any smart cameras you might have dotted around your home.

The Amazon Music, Prime Music and Spotify music services can then be voice controlled, with quite sophisticated search phrases available on the Amazon services, such as "Play sad 1970s music" or "upbeat 80s heavy metal" or "that song that goes [insert popular lyric here]".

We've talked about the design, but what about the internals?

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