Top Amazon Astro robot questions answered: 2 prices, specs, sale date, privacy, return policy, more

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Amazon’s Astro robotic reminds us of the Disney Pixar character Wall-E.


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Astro, Amazon’s new autonomous family robotic, made a shock debut on the Amazon’s product launch occasion on Tuesday. As we’re discovering, there’s far more to the Alexa-powered bot than its beatboxing expertise (sure, it does that too). We’ll let you know all the things we all know to this point about Amazon’s robotic assistant, together with two completely different costs (the $999 beginning value will not final endlessly), what we all know in regards to the technical specs, sale date, Astro’s limitations and what the tech big is saying about privateness proper now.

We have requested Amazon for added feedback and data. and can proceed to replace this story as we get extra data.


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How a lot does Amazon’s Astro price and the way do I purchase it?

The Amazon Astro is a Day 1 Version product, that means it is out there through invite-only preorder. You may join an invite to preorder the Amazon Astro at the moment. The family robotic will initially price $1,000. Upon broader launch, Astro’s value will go as much as $1,450.

Amazon’s return coverage: Can I ship again Astro if I modify my thoughts?

Sure, Amazon says it is going to allow you to return Astro at no cost. Amazon’s return coverage for Astro traces up with its different merchandise and gadgets: You may return Astro “for any cause in new and unused situation” with out having to pay transport charges.

You may begin your return by going to your listing of Amazon orders in your account after which deciding on the return technique. When you’re supplied multiple selection, broaden the listing to see which is most handy for you (for instance, dropping it off at an Amazon or Complete Meals retailer, Kohl’s or a UPS retail retailer). Amazon’s web site will stroll you thru the remainder of the method, similar to printing out a return label if mandatory.

What are the Amazon Astro’s specs? 

  • Dimensions: 16.7x 9.8×17.3 inches and 20.6 kilos. The charger is 11×10.4×5 and three.9 kilos.
  • Battery: Astro’s lithium-ion rechargeable battery can cost in roughly 45 minutes.
  • Digital camera: Astro has a 1080p periscope digital camera with a 132-degree diagonal area of view that extends 42 inches from the ground, and a 5MP bezel digital camera. Astro’s 10-inch HD touchscreen show has a 1,280×800-pixel decision.
  • Wi-Fi: Twin-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth connectivity assist
  • USB-C port
  • Audio: Entrance-firing audio system and a passive bass radiator
  • Processor: 2x Qualcomm QCS605, 1x Qualcomm SDA660, 1x processor with Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge
  • 1-year restricted guarantee
  • Included: Astro (gadget), cargo bin liner and cup holder, charger and 6-foot energy cable, quick-start information and welcome package.
  • Necessities: You may want an lively Amazon account and a appropriate cellular gadget operating iOS 13 or greater or Android 8 or greater and the Astro app.
  • Indoor use solely.

Here is a breakdown of the Amazon Astro.


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Can I purchase the Amazon Astro exterior the US?

No. Amazon will ship the Astro robotic to addresses within the 50 US states.

When will Amazon launch its Astro robotic?

To this point, Amazon has solely stated that Astro can be out there later this 12 months. We’ll replace this story when we’ve got a clearer date. Presumably, the Astro robotic will ship to preorder prospects earlier than Jan. 1, 2022.


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What does the Amazon Astro robotic do?

Quite a bit. Amazon stated Astro, which is like Alexa on wheels, can monitor house safety, maintain tabs in your aged and younger members of the family and customarily be at your beck and name for all of your Alexa-command wants.

The bot is designed to study your habits to make it extra helpful in your on a regular basis life. For instance, Astro makes use of tech known as Clever Movement to navigate your property and keep away from furnishings and pets, and it is supposed dto study from how you utilize it. This implies whenever you’re not utilizing Astro, it will hand around in a low-traffic space shut by and cost.

The robotic can comply with you round enjoying podcasts and music, in addition to examine on others in the home remotely. Astro may make calls, ship messages and set timers, alarms and reminders. The robotic even has slightly removable storage bin so you need to use it to hold and ship gadgets, like a bottle of water, to particular individuals within the house by creating a visible ID. You may video-chat through Astro, too, and the robotic will transfer with you, retaining you within the body, just like the Fb portal.

Astro may combine with Ring’s safety alarm system (extra beneath), seize video clips of occasions and ship them to Ring’s cloud. Learn on to study all the things Astro can do with a subscription to Ring Shield Professional and Alexa Guard.

The robotic can detect feels like breaking glass or smoke detectors and warn you. When you suppose you forgot to show off the range, you’ll be able to ship Astro into the kitchen to examine.

When it comes to distant aged care, Astro can reportedly acknowledge faces, search for an aged individual and supply standing notifications for caregivers. Plus, with future Alexa Collectively integration, you’d be capable of arrange routines for remedy reminders, write purchasing lists, get exercise alerts or examine blood strain.

What does Amazon say about Astro’s privateness?

On its product web page for Astro, Amazon says you’ll be able to flip off mics, cameras and movement simply by urgent a button. It’s also possible to use the Astro app to arrange “out-of-bounds zones” that Astro is not allowed to enter. We’re at present digging extra into Astro’s privateness guardrails, together with what its digital camera will or will not see, and can replace this part when we’ve got extra particulars.


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How does Amazon Astro work with a Ring Shield Professional subscription? 

When you activate a six-month free trial of Ring Shield Professional, Astro will patrol your home with its periscope digital camera, examine any uncommon exercise and save movies in Ring’s cloud storage for 60 days. If Astro detects one thing amiss — an unidentified individual or sound — it will warn you remotely.

And not using a Ring Shield Professional subscription, Astro solely permits a dwell view from the app, distant management of the robotic and two-way speaking.

When you return or deregister your Astro, you will lose your trial to Ring Shield Professional, and sure the entry that goes with it.

Here is what Amazon says in case you’re an current subscriber:

If you’re an current month-to-month or yearly Ring Shield Plan subscriber, your subscription will proceed to robotically renew. When you assign your Astro to the identical location as your current Ring Shield Plan, after your trial interval begins, you’ll robotically obtain a credit score to your Ring account equal to six months of funds (excluding taxes), prorated primarily based in your present subscription. If you’re at present in a free trial interval for a Ring Shield Plan on the identical location the place you assign your Astro, your current trial will terminate in favor of your 6-month trial and you’ll not obtain a credit score.

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Astro can navigate your property utilizing Clever Movement.


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How does Amazon’s Astro work with an Alexa Guard subscription?

Utilizing Alexa Guard with Astro means you will get sensible alerts for smoke detectors, the sound of breaking glass, canines barking and movement exterior. It might flip sensible lights on and off, affords hands-free emergency assist line calling and might play a siren when exercise is detected indoors.

With out an Alexa Guard subscription, Astro can nonetheless ship sensible alerts about smoke or carbon monoxide detection or glass breaking, and it may possibly function your sensible lights.

As with Ring Shield Professional, in case you return or deregister your Astro, you will lose your Alexa Guard trial and options. Here is Amazon’s coverage on Alexa Guard subscriptions:

For current Alexa Guard Plus subscribers, your subscription can be canceled whenever you activate your Ring Shield Professional trial. After the 6-month trial interval, you’ll be able to subscribe to Ring Shield Professional or Alexa Guard Plus to take care of entry to Guard Plus advantages.

You may droop your Ring Shield Professional trial advantages by de-linking your Amazon and Ring accounts on Ring.com or utilizing the Ring app. When you cancel your Ring Shield Professional subscription throughout the 6-month trial interval, a refund is not going to be issued.

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You may video-chat with family and friends with Astro. The robotic will comply with you to maintain you within the body whereas chatting.


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What cannot Amazon’s Astro do? 

There are some limitations. Astro reportedly cannot climb stairs or go exterior, for instance. And Amazon says that Astro cannot ship sensible alerts for exercise sounds whereas it is investigating, patrolling or in any other case in movement. We’ll replace this listing as we study extra.

What we nonetheless do not know in regards to the Amazon Astro (and are discovering out now) 

Amazon’s supplied fairly a bit of knowledge to dig into, however we have nonetheless acquired questions. Here is an inventory of what we’re digging into. We’ll replace as we study extra.

  • Privateness settings and insurance policies
  • How the Astro app will work
  • If there is a handbook management mode


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