Amazon has announced the second-gen Echo Frames with improved audio quality, longer battery life, and new color options. The company initially launched the Echo Frames as a "Day 1 Edition" product in September 2019. At that time, the Alexa-enabled smart glasses were available by invitation only for $179.99.
The upgraded Echo Frames are priced at $249.99 and will be available for everyone without any invite. These new smart glasses are currently up for pre-order and will start shipping from December 10. If you are one of those who have purchased the Day 1 edition Echo Frames, you can upgrade to the second-gen model by paying only the $70 price difference.
Amazon unveils second-gen Echo Frames smart glasses
These new smart glasses from Amazon come in three color options — Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black. Nevertheless, the design remains the same with no visual changes. The company also claims the improved open ear audio technology will offer "richer and fuller sound compared to the previous version."
Moreover, the Echo Frames can automatically adjust the volume based on the surrounding environment. The company also added a VIP Filter to notify only from certain apps and contacts. Apart from offering hands-free access to Alexa, the Echo Frames will also continue to work as the native voice assistant on both iOS and Android smartphones.
The new Echo Frames will also last 40 percent longer than the last-gen model. To further improve the battery life, the smart glasses will now turn off when they are placed upside down for three seconds. Users can also turn off the microphone by double-pressing the action button.
There is also a LED indicator to show the microphone status. Moreover, these are also IPX4 certified for splash-resistance. The Echo Frames feature 4 micro speakers for beamforming audio to a user's ear. It comes with a proprietary magnetic connector for charging. At only 188 grams, the Echo Frames are lightweight and will be comfortable to wear for longer durations.
It has discontinued the Echo Loop smart ring
While these smart glasses come with non-corrective lenses, Amazon also mentioned that they are compatible with most prescription lenses. There are also 2 microphones taking up the voice commands. While listening to music, the experience on the Echo Frames won't be comparable to in-ear headsets.
On the other hand, Amazon will stop the production and sales of the Echo Loop smart ring. However, the company has mentioned continuing updates and support for the users who purchased the Day 1 edition Echo Loop.