After endless rumours, the Amazon Echo Show is now official. As expected, it’s a smart speaker with a built-in touchscreen. Here’s everything you need to know, including the Amazon Echo Show release date, price, specs and features.
What is the Amazon Echo Show?
The Amazon Echo Show is a more advanced version of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, which was launched back in 2014.
Unlike the Amazon Echo however, the new Echo Show features a huge touchscreen that lets you physically interact with the device. It also features a built-in camera so you can make video calls – another feature missing on the original Echo.
As expected, you’ll be able to operate the Amazon Echo Show using your voice as well as the touchscreen, or by using the Alexa app, which is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.
Amazon Echo Show Specs: What does it do?
The Amazon Echo Show is a fairly large bit of kit, measuring 187 x 187 x 90mm and weighing in at a hefty 1.17kg. But that extra space and weight is needed to kit the speaker-cum-tablet with a 7-inch touchscreen.
To enable video calls, Amazon has also fitted the Echo Show with a 5-megapixel camera, which sits front and centre on the device, near the top. There are also eight microphones with beam-forming technology and noise-cancellation, so the Echo Show can hear you from any direction, even when music is playing.
Powering the Amazon Echo Show is Intel’s Atom x5-Z8350, a cheap and low-power processor that generally features on budget tablet devices. There are dual 2-inch stereo speakers and a built-in modem that supports 802.11/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Here’s a list of some tasks the Amazon Echo Show can perform:
- Watch videos, including from YouTube
- See music lyrics
- View security camera footage
- See weather forecasts
- View to-do and shopping lists
- Talk to family and friends who have an Echo or the Alexa app
- Play music
- Control smart home gadgets like Philips Hue bulbs or smart thermostats
- Use thousands of Alexa skills from third-party companies like CNN or Uber
Check out the launch video below:
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Amazon Echo Show Release Date: When can you buy the Echo Show?
There’s no word on a UK release just yet, but Amazon has confirmed that the Amazon Echo Show will begin shipping in the USA on June 28, 2017.
However, you can place pre-orders starting from today on Amazon. To receive it the day it comes out, you’ll need to select two-day shipping at checkout.
Amazon Echo Show Price: How much does the Echo Show cost?
As is the case with the release date, there’s no specific pricing for the UK – suggesting that the device might not be available in Blighty just yet.
In the USA however, you’ll have to fork out $229.99 for both the ‘Black’ and ‘White’ colour configurations:
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