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.
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.
@AFTVnews Here, let me help you with that. pic.twitter.com/9YokBj4pXQ
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 5, 2017
And there’s also a white version
@RDR0b11 ..but it comes in white, too! pic.twitter.com/FDm7fi75rD
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 5, 2017
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.
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.
Sony Dash on steroids!
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.
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.
Looking forward to learning more about it.
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.
I hope it does more than Alexa cards. I already have that set up with the 50.00 fire tablet using voice cast.
What’s voice cast? I really only use my Fire Tablet as a screen for my Amplifi Guitar Amp or when I’m traveling, so I’d love to set it up somehow to use with my Amazon Echos when not in use otherwise.
You go into the alexa app on the tablet. Then settings and then voicecast is in the device section. I have the 2015 7 for 50.00.I keep the tablet plugged in on the same table with echo. here is the link to amazon and voicecast.
Ugly as can be. Keeping my good looking dot.
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.
i was imagining it would look something more like this
with a magnetically detachable wireless screen maybe detachable arm also so you could leave the base on the counter and have some sort of magnetic wall mount or wall mount dock, one dack that is just a magnetic plat that attaches to the wall and another that is powered by a switch box
I was thinking exactly the same thing about the design.
Your idea is much cleaner and in alignment with expectations from users. Love the magnetic plate idea to move locations.
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.
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.
They do. It’s called a dot.
ford’s next year models have alexa built-in
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.
I hope this comes out especially if they are forced to update the alexa app. Love the service and technology despise the app
Another camera i’ll need to put electrical-tape over. Maybe it has a manual shutter?
It is also a physical impossibility that design has better sound than an original Echo unless in a very narrow area of space.
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.
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#/
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.
you think the clock can do netflix? sucker. I’m a little shy of these smart clocks since i have two ivee sleeks. Garbage.
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.
Seriously fugly. Is it April Fools Day?
I found the image of the new Amazon Fire Phone…
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.
Hahahaha! Oh my! Horrible design. The designer must be an amateur.
Still not even close to the Cirric device. Ugly too.
^^ (saw it on FB).
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!!