After endless rumours and months of waiting, the Amazon Echo Show is now official in the UK. Here’s everything you need to know, including the Amazon Echo Show’s UK release date, price, specs and features – plus how to save £100 on it for Black Friday 2017.
Amazon Echo Show Release Date and Price: Save £100 on Echo Show for Black Friday
The Amazon Echo Show first started shipping in the US on June 28, 2017 priced at $229.99, and on November 16 finally launched in the UK.
Notice the timing there? That’s right, just hours before the online retail giant launches its Black Friday campaign in earnest, it introduces a shiny new device to the UK market.
And unsurprisingly, there’s a deal attached!
If you buy two Amazon Echo Show devices and use the code ‘SHOW2PACK’ at checkout, Amazon will shave £100 off the bundle.
Given how new the product is, this ranks as one of the best Amazon Black Friday deals so far. Alternatively, read on for more background info on the Echo Show.
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.
“Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things,” says Amazon. “Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.”
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.
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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
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