By Sebastian Herrera
Amazon.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -0.76% on Thursday rolled out a new lineup of Echo smart speakers with a spherical redesign and updates to its Alexa virtual assistant.
Starting at $99.99 for its flagship model, the Echo will include new capabilities that Amazon said will make the assistant smarter. This includes a new skill by Alexa to clarify questions customers ask, which the company said over time will enable Alexa to provide sharper answers. It also has a faster processor capable of improving artificial intelligence capabilities, the company said.
Amazon said it is aiming to build more sustainable products. The Echos unveiled Thursday are made of materials such as recycled fabric and aluminum, and Amazon said the devices will feature low power modes to make them more energy efficient.
The tech company started a virtual event for select viewers at 1 p.m. ET in place of its annual showcase with an audience, which has generally been held in the past at its Seattle headquarters. Amazon’s new Echo speakers also include a device with a clock and a version for children with a tiger or panda design.
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