Amazon’s new Echo Show 15 can be hung on your wall or placed on a stand

Amazon has announced its largest Alexa smart display yet, the Echo Show 15. While it can be placed on a surface, using a stand, like previous Echo Show models, it is clearly meant to hang on the wall. The Echo Show 15 is meant to act as a central hub for your home, thanks to support for a new widget system to display customized information and controls.

The Echo Show 15 features a 15-inch 1080p HD touchscreen display. If you’d like, the entire screen can act just like other Echo Show models and display the usual assortment of information, like headlines, reminders, and photos. The real usefulness comes with a new widget functionality that allows you to customize what else the screen can display. However, only about half of the screen can display widgets, so you can’t, for example, just use it as a dedicated smart home command center.

The various widgets can be added, removed, and moved around the display. They include things like a calendar, agenda, shopping list, to-do list, and sticky notes. There is also a smart home favorites widget that gives you quick access to control various smart home lights and plugs, and to view security cameras.

Speaking of cameras, the Echo Show 15, can display a picture-in-picture live stream of security cameras when a video doorbell is pressed or motion is detected on a security camera. The device itself also has a 5-megapixel camera of its own for video calls and a new person detection feature. Of course, the camera can be closed off using a physical shutter.

When a known person is detected, the Echo Show 15 will display personalized information for that person. Person detection can also be used to identify children for parental control purposes. Amazon says that all face detection is done and stored locally on the device using its next-generation AZ2 neural edge processor.

Like other Echo Show devices, the Echo Show 15 can be used as a TV to watch streaming media services. Some of the streaming services that it will support include Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, RedBull TV, Sling TV, Tubi, and TikTok. Not all services mentioned will be available at launch and, unfortunately, it cannot act as a mini Fire TV with access to all of the Fire TV apps.

The Echo Show 15 will cost $249.99 but is not yet available to pre-order. It can be placed in either landscape or portrait orientations on a wall. Amazon says it will be selling a stand and an under-cabinet mount for the device as well.

14 comments
  1. Craig says:

    Disappointed by no new soundbar (pairing with echo speakers for rear) or Cube 3 from the event. Major let down and missed opportunity. And as far as frame above? Interesting idea and most smart home tech enthusiasts will probably get it, but not sure about general consumers??? I keep waiting for HomeKit firmware for Stick and Cube. Dunno what’s happening there???

  2. djino says:

    How is it powered? I’m assuming its not battery operated?

  3. Jim Carter says:

    I like the live stream of security cameras. I’d hope Blink is included, but I have Nest also. Any word on which models are supported? Also, I assume the wall mount works best if there’s an outlet directly below?

  4. Gene says:

    Does this include speakers or no? Not a mention in the article.

  5. Russ says:

    It sure is a lot more versatile, than the rasp pi displays I’ve built. I’ll probably buy one when it goes on a big sale, think black friday!.

  6. Scott says:

    They’re a little cagey with the wording as to whether this will be an always-on display (ie, can it show a live camera feed continuously). I’ve hacked a 7″ Fire tablet to do this, but it likes to disconnect from the Internet every 24 hours, so this remains cludgy.

  7. Brantome says:

    While the Show 15 does appear to be available outside the USA, for a supposedly global company, this was yet another shamefully USA focussed event. Who knows if and when any of these devices and features will be available in all the regions Amazon operate. Amazon don’t even have the chutzpah to explain why they treat non USA customers so poorly…

  8. Keith says:

    Another cool device but the show is something that’s so close to being great but not great. The streaming apps are extremely limited, and you never know when YouTube or another app will just be taken away. If they could fix that and maybe increase the screen size, Id take down my tv in the kitchen and replace it with this.

    • Corey says:

      I agree. Something like a 24″ touch screen and remote controlled FireTV with a 13mp camera and selectable interface. You could toggle between the Show interface and FireTV interface. Then you would have access to all the streaming apps and all the functionality of the Show. I’m sure the dedicated streamers are loss leaders so it wouldn’t hurt profits. Disappointed in the 5mp camera as the current Shows have 13pm cameras.

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