Amazon’s fall hardware event will be on September 28

Amazon is hosting this year’s annual hardware event on September 28 at 9:00 a.m. PT. The announcement was brief – and the email didn’t contain any details about what will be revealed – although it does mention that upcoming devices, features and services will be the main attraction.

Last year’s event brought an incredible assortment of announcements. Not only did we get our first look at the Echo Show 15 and the Amazon smart thermostat, but the e-commerce giant also launched Astro, the quirky (but adorable) robot that essentially serves as a mobile smart display. Rumors about this year’s showcase have been surprisingly rare, though we do have some predictions for what Amazon might reveal at the fall event.

The Echo Dot, in particular, is a likely inclusion from Amazon. The lineup got a facelift in 2020, and 2022 would be a great time to release hardware updates that offer better sound quality and Dolby Atmos support. A smart thermostat announcement also seems like a no-brainer, as Amazon could reveal a device that supports Alexa voice commands. And although Astro was introduced to the world at last year’s event, the original product was never made widely available to the public. If we’re lucky, that might change on September 28.

Amazon likely won’t release any more details about the Devices & Services event, so we’ll have to be patient and see what’s announced next week. The showcase is entirely virtual and participation is by invitation only. Be sure to check back on September 28 for a full preview of the reveals, as there are bound to be some big announcements.

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Joseph K. Bennett