Amazon has announced a new 2nd-generation Echo Show. The new model improves on the last model in nearly every way. It’s much better looking and has a front that is dominated by a large 10.1-inch HD touchscreen. It features premium sound through a pair of side firing speakers behind the display. It’s available to pre-order now for $229.99 in Charcol or Sandstone colors and will arrive on October 11th. Buying 2 at the same time will automatically take $100 off at checkout.
The new Echo Show two 2-inch speakers, a passive bass radiator, and Dolby processing that should make it the best sounding Echo device to date. The screen on the front has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and can be used in conjunction with the 5MP camera for video calls through Alexa or through Skype, which will be added soon.
The Echo Show now essentially doubles as an Echo Plus because the new model now has the same smart home hub capabilities built into the device. This means that it supports Zigbee devices, like Philips Hue bulbs, without needing an additional hub.
The new Show has 8 microphones this year with four along the front and four along the top. Also along the top are volume buttons and a microphone mute button. it still does not have an audio out port like the other Echo devices.
Amazon has made several software improvements to this year’s Echo Show. As I revealed earlier this month, Amazon Silk and Firefox browsers are coming to the device. This should allow users to once again access YouTube videos through the Echo Show. You’ll also likely be able to cast YouTube from a smartphone to the Echo Show as well, if Silk includes the same casting support that the Fire TV version recently added. Amazon has also worked with Hulu to add support for their streaming service in addition to Amazon Prime video. Also on board is access to Vevo for music videos.
The all-new Echo Show is available in either Charcoal or Sandstone colors for $229.99. Much like with the first version, if you order two Echo Shows at once, you’ll automatically receive $100 off your order. Amazon has also made an adjustable stand for the Echo Show for $29.99 that raises it up and makes it easier to use for video calls. For a limited time, Amazon is bundling in a free Philips Hue bulb with each Echo Show order.