Cheapest entry to Ring Video Doorbell party gets Full HD boost & solar charger

Keeping the same lowly price, the entry-level Ring is a great option

Ring Video Doorbell goes Full HD and solar
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The smart doorbell that kick started the connected front door revolution has been revamped for 2020. The second generation Ring Video Doorbell has been announced, boasting a budget price-tag and some pretty impressive specs.

It takes the original Ring Video Doorbell and adds Full HD 1080p video, improved motion detection, privacy zones, audio privacy and crisper night vision.

The good news is the price stays the same at $99.

The bad news is that you'll still have to take the whole doorbell unit off of the wall when it needs charging. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 added a removable battery to the setup when it went live in 2017.

However, there's a new option if you don't fancy that - a $49 solar base where you can mount the Doorbell on, which charges it.

Back in March, Ring took covers off of the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus ( $229.99) alongside newly designed Chime and Chime Pro models.

The Doorbell 3 Plus boasts the Amazon-owned brand's new Pre-Roll feature, which shows you four seconds of footage from before motion is detected from your smart doorbell; with the idea that you can get more context behind what triggered an alert.

However, rather than this four seconds being color, HD footage - thus impacting on battery life and bandwidth - it's instead just black and white, low frame rate footage that's actually captured by a different camera to the main Ring video recordings. In fact, the setup features a three-camera array.

There's also a new non-Plus version of the 3, lacking the Pre-Roll smarts, but even that comes in at $199.99, so the revamped 'original' Ring Video Doorbell's sub $100 may well be tempting for some people.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2nd-generation is available to pre-order now, with shipping starting in June.


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