Amazon-owned Ring is launching an updated version of its first video doorbell complete with a number of welcome feature upgrades while retaining a $99.99 price point.
As Engadget reports, the All-new Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) upgrades the video resolution from 720p ot 1080p and promises to offer improved night vision, motion detection, privacy zones, and audio privacy. It’s possible to wire the doorbell in using existing wires to keep the rechargeable battery topped up. However, for an extra $49, there’s a solar charger frame available that sits around the doorbell.
The doorbell apparently only take five minutes to install and offers a 155 degree horizontal and 90 degree vertical field-of view, with video streamed of a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection. If you want to record video, a Ring Protect subscription is required. It costs $30 a month for the Basic plan after a 30-day free trial period, but does store videos for up to 60 days from one device. There’s also the Ring app, which allows you to control one or multiple devices, adjust motions settings, or use Live View to stream from the camera at any time. It’s also possible to connect the doorbell with Alexa for “hands-free monitoring and convenience”
Amazon is set to ship the 2nd Gen Ring Video Doorbell on June 3, but you can pre-order it now. The biggest choice you’ll have to make is which color to order (Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze). If you want the solar charger accessory, expect to wait an extra month as it won’t be made available until July.
Ring certainly isn’t the most trusted brand in the video doorbell marketplace. Back in December last year, Ring had to issue password resets after user logins were found online. Then in January, the Ring app was criticized for sending user data to third-parties. Finally, in February, two-factor authentication was made mandatory to prevent account hijacking.