After numerous leaks, the newest member of the Echo lineup has been officially announced by Amazon. The Echo Show is Amazon’s new flagship Alexa device with a built-in 7 inch touchscreen and camera for video calls. It’s available to pre-order now for $229.99 in the US. You can save $100 if you order two using promocode SHOW2PACK.
The Amazon Echo Show is equipped with eight microphones for farfield hands-free Alexa communication, much like the original Echo and Echo Dot. The star of the show, however, is the 7 inch touchscreen on the front, coupled with a 5MP front camera and microphone used for video calls.
The Echo Show can make hands-free video calls to other Echo Shows or the Alexa App. You can say “Alexa, call Mom” or “Alexa, answer the call” to send and receive video calls. You can also use the Echo Show to send messages. All calls and messaging are free.
All of the usual Alexa capabilities are also present on the Echo Show, but many are now enhanced with video features. Alexa’s audio flash briefing can now be viewed as a video flash from CNN. You can precede requests with “Alexa show me…” to see results in addition to hearing responses.
Voice searching options are also available through the Echo Show. You can bring up videos from YouTube or Amazon Video instantly by saying something like “Alexa, show me cooking videos on YouTube.” The Echo Show can also pull up movie trailers. It will act as a digital photo frame and show pictures from Prime Photos.
The built-in camera can also be used to check in on family through a feature called Drop In. Details are still sparse, but it appears you can select certain contacts to see your availability and grant quicker access to video calls. The Echo Show will also work with security cameras from Arlo and Ring to show you live feeds by saying things like “Alexa, show me the front door.”
Seeing how this is now Amazon’s flagship Alexa device, the built-in premium Dolby stereo speakers are expected to be superior to those in the original Echo. Much like through the Fire TV’s Amazon Music app, playing music on the Echo Show will result in the lyrics being displayed in sync on the device’s screen.
The Echo Show has volume buttons on top, just like the Echo Dot, but you can also adjust the volume using your voice. Also on top is an on/off button that disables the built in microphones and camera. The device features 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi for connectivity, as well as Bluetooth. Powering it is an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor.
The Amazon Echo Show is available to pre-order today for $229.99. If you order two using promocode SHOW2PACK at checkout, you’ll save $100 on the order, for a total of $359.98. It comes in black or white and you don’t need to order two of the same colors to use the promocode. It will be released and arrive on June 28.