I see that the price was down to about $119 back in November, but still not a bad deal if you are looking to pick one up and like to save money with refurbished models.
I’ve heard/read rumblings that new hardware is coming. Just mentioning it. I have no special knowledge of the subject.
New Hardware you speak of ( I assume) is an Echo with a camera . What I don’t understand is that it is NOT a IP//SEC camera it is only for taking selfies and short vid clips. On sale ( taking preorders anyways) by invite only for the usual $199.
I’m not excited about inviting a proprietary camera (that I can’t lock down due to reliance on third-party services) into my house and on my network, but I suppose some people will weigh the trade-offs in privacy and want to use the selfie option to allow Amazon to tell them to buy more clothes.
My understanding is they’re replacing the original unit. The camera thing is a different animal not meant to replace the original echo.
Your right a new model may be out this year. Very different then the Echo Look other may be thinking of.
I have read a lot of articles saying that amazon is rumored to release a new alexa device this month that has a screen built in. They sped up production to get it released along with the camera because of googles new ability to distinguish different users. It acted as a sort of “wake up call” for them.
There are more and more other interesting devices that integrate voice control with Alexa.