Exclusive: This is Amazon’s new Echo with a built-in touchscreen

Here is the first look at what Amazon’s upcoming Echo with a built-in touchscreen looks like. I was able to locate this unfortunately low resolution image on Amazon’s servers in a similar manner to how I found what we now know to be the Echo Look. This new member of the Echo lineup is codenamed “Knight” and is expected to be released later this month.

Similar to my past leaks, I don’t have much information other than the image itself. We know from past sources that this will be the flagship Alexa device in Amazon’s lineup. It’s expected to have better sounding speakers than the current Amazon Echo. The screen is rumored to be a touchscreen that’s 7 inches in size.

Early rumors suggested the screen would articulate, but judging by the above image, that does not appear to be the case. Instead, it looks like the device is angled upwards slightly. This would allow it to be used while standing above it if, for example, it were sitting on a countertop. Below the screen appears to be the main speakers.

Above the screen is a slightly lighter circle that looks to be a camera. Numerous rumors have been floating around that Amazon will be adding phone calling capabilities to the Echo. If this new Echo with a screen does in fact have a camera, it’s possible that it will be able to make video calls as well, in addition to voice calls. The whole device does strongly resemble a video phone.

An exact release date is unknown, but considering the nature of where I found this image, I expect it will be released this month. Pricing is also unknown, but since this is expected to be a device superior to the current Amazon Echo, you can expect it to be above $200, but probably below $300.

Update

5/9/2017 The Echo Show has now been officially announced by Amazon.

5/8/2017 See this new post for the device’s name, pricing, and release information.

5/5/2017 Evan Blass of @evleaks has tweeted a high resolution version of the new Echo.

And there’s also a white version

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36 comments
  1. Paul says:

    Hmm.. Looks interesting but I have only just got a dot and it’s linked to my bose soundlink 2. I’m enjoying it but rarely load up the app on my mobile to see the cards. Is this what the screen would be for? Also for the video calls?
    I hope they don’t start moving to viewing material instead of the voice material if you get me.

    • John Lord says:

      they’ve always had a visual component. It’s in the API. If you use it on a fire tv or tablet you will already see this stuff.

  2. AZMark says:

    Sony Dash on steroids!

    • clu says:

      I was also thinking of the Sony Dash…which I still use! I mean, setting an alarm with voice, wake up to whatever streamed audio, etc. This could be a pretty nice product….depending on the price.

      • Ujn Hunter says:

        After looking up the “Sony Dash”, I stumbled upon this: “As of July 2017, Sony Electronics will no longer support dash devices and functionality will terminate. As of April 3, 2017, no further over-the-network updates for enhancement or maintenance can be performed on dash devices. Some functionality on dash devices may continue – without further updates – between now and July 2017.” Which sounds like a huge bummer for people that spent money on one. Not sure if you guys were aware of this.

  3. Michael says:

    Looking forward to learning more about it.

  4. Scott H. says:

    For some reason this looks like something from the 80ties. Not a fan of the design, but I guess practically the design would make sense this way. Not sure if I’d be willing to upgrade to this just for the alexa cards that show up. But interesting nonetheless.

  5. Dot says:

    Ugly as can be. Keeping my good looking dot.

  6. dude says:

    yes the dash i still have one on my desk and love it. if you have a touch screen what kind of design would you expect. putting a touch screen on a round tube would be pretty awkward. to make it useable on a tube it would be to mall to see. google has already taken the wide tube design so you can do that tho the slant on the top would be a perfect place for a screen.

  7. Jason says:

    Come on. No way is this real. As soon as you touched it, it would fall over. This looks like a portable TV from the 1980’s.

  8. Leslie Bedford says:

    Looks like a small I pad or tablet to me which already have so don’t need another one as I have my Amazon Echo & Dot to play music with out the DJ chatter and adverts that play on the radio now if Amazon made an Echo or Dot that was intergrated into my car radio or would let me connect it through the aux socket now that would interest me.

  9. Bracha Sarah says:

    I’m on board to get one. I have several of the dots and one Echo that I never use. I like to lay in bed I’m listen to radio stations on the dot using my earbuds. The echo might be a bargain for somebody but I love the dots.

  10. frank Groves says:

    I hope this comes out especially if they are forced to update the alexa app. Love the service and technology despise the app

  11. Omar says:

    Big mistake

  12. Joe D says:

    Another camera i’ll need to put electrical-tape over. Maybe it has a manual shutter?

  13. Joe D says:

    It is also a physical impossibility that design has better sound than an original Echo unless in a very narrow area of space.

    • John Lord says:

      i like the sound myself but there are dozens of ways to improve it, including giving it larger speakers. If this thing is 7 inches, it’s probably all subwoofer inside.

  14. Daniel says:

    Ugly. Amazon’s designer should have been inspired by the Bonjour clock I just backed on Indiegogo! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bonjour-i-smart-alarm-clock-with-a-i-sleep–2#/

    • Didier says:

      Very similar to my Sony Dash that I will have to replace soon because Sony decided to stop support, and the Dash needs to phone home for everything it does. If this can do radio streaming, and Netflix, I will buy it day 1.

      • John Lord says:

        you think the clock can do netflix? sucker. I’m a little shy of these smart clocks since i have two ivee sleeks. Garbage.

  15. Y314K says:

    This thing reminds me of TV’s on a swivel in Astro like Van’s in the 80’s. Or one of the swivel controller screens of one of the old Star Trek Movies or shows.

    Sorry, I only let me Cell Phone & FTV & Tablets & PC do the spying on me. This device would go to far.

  16. heather says:

    Seriously fugly. Is it April Fools Day?

    • John Lord says:

      harsh. You can’t tell me you wouldn’t want a phone a little thicker if it meant they put a large enough battery in it. But no… they make you buy cases for that. I had the fire phone, and it was a decent device although i would like a bigger screen since i’m older. I’ve tried to install apps to emulate that launcher on my g4.

  17. Wilson says:

    Hahahaha! Oh my! Horrible design. The designer must be an amateur.

  18. Ryan Boller says:

    Still not even close to the Cirric device. Ugly too.
    ^^ (saw it on FB).

  19. Juliette Cooper says:

    I find it very interesting that the Amazon Echo Show which is just the Sony Dash with an Android OS, is being released on June 28th and the Sony Dash is be disabled on July 1st. This sounds like collusion between Amazon and Sony. To coincidentally release the Echo/Dash and disable the Sony Dash all together sounds highly suspect!!

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