At last! Amazon Echo in UK on Sep 28, pre-order NOW for £149 or £99 if you have Prime

Plus £49 Amazon Echo Dot to control other connected devices

Amazon's Echo voice-controlled digital assistant speaker is coming to the UK. The Amazon Echo UK release date is 28 September, with pre-orders now live. The Amazon Echo price is £149 and will have £50 off for Amazon Prime customers in the UK for the next 48 hours.

As well as the classic black version, there's also now going to be a white Amazon Echo both of which will be available in the US, UK and Germany.'

Also available to pre-order is Amazon Echo Dot to control other smart home devices with your voice - it's an all-new unit with a more powerful voice processor.The Echo Dot release date is 20 October and price is £49. Dots will also be available in 6 or 12 packs at reduced rates.

What's Amazon Echo?

Think Apple's Siri in a Bluetooth speaker and you're not far wrong - the six-microphone Echo taps into all the knowledge on the web, so can quickly get weather forecasts, word definitions, historical dates, news headlines, and so on in response to a voice command.

Say "Alexa" - that's the name of the cloud-baseddigitalassistant - followed by your question and chances are the Echo will know what you're after. It goes way beyond search though: you can use the Echo to order items from Amazon, stream music (it'a a 360-degree speaker), listen to audiobooks, wake you up in the morning and more.

"The most natural of user interfaces is voice," said Amazon's device chief Dave Limp at the UK launch event. "Our brains are wired to be great at language and voice, but it turns out that it's super hard for computers to do it." Echo features beamforming technology so it can amplify the source of your voice while minimising the noise found in our homes - it does this using the multiple mics in the device.

"We have a team of over 1,000 people who are working to make Alexa better, including many in the UK." Alexa has been given a UK voice and understands localisations such as a pint, who Spurs are and how you spell 'colour'.

UK content partners include Sky Sports and News, Jamie Oliver, Just Eat, Skyscanner and Radio Player.

Amazon Echo features

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even in noisy environments or while playing music
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks, reports news, traffic and weather, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and others
  • Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
  • Amazon Echo is available in black and white.

Amazon Echo Dot features

  • Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Prime Music, Spotify and TuneIn
  • Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and others
  • Hears you from across the room with 7 microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
  • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device
  • Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
  • Amazon Echo Dot is available in black and white.