Amazon Echo Dot: Third-Gen vs Second-Gen

Launched in 2016, the Echo Dot is a device that takes all the best bits of the Echo and combines it into a small subtle package fit for almost everything. It’s puck-shaped device, smaller version of Amazon Echo. It offers new way to access Alexa smarts without the need for the full-sized Echo. Just like other devices, Echo dot received upgrade in design and features as well.

Unlike any other device, the Echo Dot allows you to give commands to Alexa. Without Alexa, Amazon’s Echo would just be another Bluetooth speaker. Firstly, the new model brings fresh design, coupled with sound improvements. Also, there isn’t much difference in price.

Echo Dot

The Design of Echo Dot

Amazon’s latest model of Echo Dot has softer as well as more attractive design. The previous two versions had plastic exterior. It has a rounded top and there are no sharp edges. There’s fabric coating on the outside. It resembles Google Home Mini and comes in three new colors: Charcoal, heather grey and sandstone. On the other hand, the second generation is only available in either white or black finish. Its more like hockey-puck and smaller in size. The third-gen seems better than the second-gen in looks.


Not only the Echo Dot 3 has a bigger driver, but also it makes it almost 70 percent louder. The new third-gen contains single 1.6-inch speaker sending out 360-degree sound. Despite the changes in design, the 3.5mm jack is retained on the new model. Therefore, you can still attach external speaker via Bluetooth. Previously, it featured seven microphones, but now it contains four far-field microphones only. However, Amazon still claims that the speaker can hear you across the room with these microphones.

Size Difference in Speaker:

  • New Echo Dot: 1.6-inch speaker
  • Old Echo Dot: 0.6-inch speaker

Price Difference

The second-gen costs $40 and the third-gen costs $50. However, it’s difficult to say how long it will be available given the launch of new Echo lineup.

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  Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen
Dimensions 1.3 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches 1.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches
Weight 163 grams 300 grams
Buttons Mute, Action, Volume Buttons Mute, Action, Volume Buttons
Lights Light Ring Light Ring
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth Audio Input Yes Yes
Bluetooth Audio Output Yes Yes
AUX Audio Input No No
AUX Audio Output Yes Yes
Speaker Small Speaker only for Alexa voice feedback Small Speaker only for Alexa voice feedback
Power Adapter (not portable) Adapter (not portable)
Alexa Activation Voice or Action button Voice or Action button
All Alexa Features Yes Yes
Price $49.99 (Rs 4,499) $49.99 (Rs 4,499)
Warranty 90-day One Year
Availability Amazon website Amazon website
Colors Black, White Black, White, Grey




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