Amazon leaks the existence of an unreleased 3rd-gen Echo Show 5

Amazon has inadvertently leaked that a new 3rd-gen Echo Show 5 is in the works. Little is known about the unreleased device other than its model number, which is H97N6S. If you’re in the market for a new smart display, you should hold off as the new Echo Show 5 will likely be released in the coming weeks.

Amazon just updated its Declarations of Conformity page where it lists all its electronic devices and their relevant declaration documents. While Amazon added a few known devices that were recently released, like the 2nd-gen Echo Auto, it also added a new section for the “Echo Show 5 (3rd Generation).” Under the new section are a pair of declaration documents for the UK (mirror) and the EU (mirror) for the new smart display model. The documents reveal the 2023 Echo Show 5 will carry model number H97N6S and use power supply models PA27UK and PA27EU, all of which haven’t been released.

The current 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 was announced in May 2021 and the first Echo Show 5 was released in 2019, so the 3rd-gen Echo Show 5 is right on track with the device’s 2-year refresh cycle. The 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 didn’t offer much of an improvement over the 1st-gen model, apart from an upgraded front camera which increased to 2MP (1080p) from the 1MP (720p) camera on the original model. I expect the new 3rd-gen Echo Show 5 to be a more significant upgrade since the current hardware is essentially 4 years old.

  1. HeyRadar says:

    The only way I’ll ever buy another Echo Show is when someone can prove that is microphones are equal to the dots. I’ve only multiple Gen 1s and 2s and they can’t hear you. They absolutely suck.

    • Ack says:

      I spoke to a cs rep a few days ago. They said it was a known software issue, not a microphone issue.

    • Mark says:

      You’re not wrong…

    • I think the reason why Echos and Echo Dots tend to hear requests better than Echo Shows has to do with their mic placement. I can’t seem to find it now but I remember reading a paper about it being difficult to ignore the speaker’s voice bouncing off an adjacent wall when the mics are all arranged in a line, like they are on Echo Shows. Echos and Echo Dots have the mics arranged in a circle. When in a circle, the mics are not equidistant from a wall behind the device, like they are on the Echo Show, so the circle of mics can better differentiate echoed voiced from the main voice.

      If you have the room, try moving your Echo Shows away from walls and objects around them. That might help them hear you better.

  2. Degage says:

    Next Alexa must be with integrated AI for conversational inputs instead of specific lines to learn by heart.

  3. Eric T Armbrustmacher says:

    Everytime I’ve looked at the Echo Show 5, at the local Best Buy, they’ve been out. The employees have lead me to believe a new model was in the works, given the two year cycle. I’ve been looking to get one, in hopes of an updated smart alarm, and to have it turn on the coffee via smart plug in the morning

  4. Russ says:

    FWIW: They have had a bunch of old/refurb show 5’s on woot lately. A lot of people don’t have much good to say about the show 5’s though.

    • Thomas says:

      My Gen 1 Echo show worked great for a couple of years, until the screen started flashing constantly, ruining the display and becoming a huge distraction. Got a Gen 2 on Black Friday last year and it has been working great, knock on wood.

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