Images posted by Numerama and FrAndroid have reportedly revealed the revamped design of the Amazon Echo Dot speaker. Reports on these newly leaked images by AFTVnews reveal Amazon to be making some major changes to the design of its Alexa device. There has been no release of a new Echo Dot speaker since September 2016, but, a probable third-generation model appears in these photos, which Amazon might release soon.
The next-gen dot model apparently is a mini speaker similar to the Amazon Echo 2, that has a rounded, soft appearance for a more aesthetic feel, and Amazon seems to have foregone the flat, glossy, black plastic top that the current model has. A fabric wraps the sides of it, making it look akin to the Google Home Mini, an improvement from the current model. The signature round LED and the familiar array of four physical buttons on top are still there.
As estimated from the Amiibo figure on top of it in the leaked images, the new Dot seems to be a little bigger than the second-gen version. It is speculated that this change was made by Amazon for better audio quality. The fabric running around the sides is also possibly used for funneling out the sound and for giving the device a sound boost.
The Echo Dot has the most affordable price in the whole range and is marketed by Amazon as an easy solution for access to Alexa, now coming with a possibly improved sound quality than earlier. If the leaks prove to be real, the wait for the next-gen Echo Dot speaker could almost be over, since Amazon’s Echo-related announcements mostly happen in September.