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The Latest: Amazon cuts the price of its Fire TV video box

David Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon, displays how to use Echo Button devices to play a game during an event announcing several new products by the company, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
September 27, 2017 - 12:38 PM

SEATTLE - The Latest on Amazon's new device announcement in Seattle (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Amazon says the next generation of its Fire TV video streaming device will cost $70, down from $100.

It will support 4K video as well as a new image standard called "high dynamic range," or HDR. For $80, Amazon says it will throw in an Echo Dot, a puck-sized version of its Echo smart speaker.

The company made the hardware announcement at an event in Seattle.

It also unveiled a miniaturized version of its Echo Show, a voice-activated assistant that sports a screen, called the Echo Spot. For $130, the device with a screen measuring 2.5-inches diagonally is similar to a digital alarm clock but can play music and handle video calls.

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11:00 a.m.

Amazon says it is cutting the price of its Echo smart speaker to $100 from $180, , improving the sound quality and upgrading its appearance with six new "shells."

The next generation speaker, which is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, will have a dedicated woofer and a tweeter for the first time, as well as Dolby sound.

The company made the announcement in Seattle at an event for journalists.

The online retailer also announced a speaker-phone device called an Echo Connect for $35 that connects to a user's home phone and allows the user to place and receive calls.

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