Amazon introduces new Echo Show with a touchscreen and ability to make calls



This morning, Amazon introduced its next-generation Amazon Echo device, the Echo Show. As expected, the new smart speaker includes a touchscreen, and will allow users to make phone calls over the internet. With the screen, Echo users will have a new way to interact with Amazon's AI personal assistant Alexa. The new model takes on the form factor of an office intercom instead of the tall cylinder design seen with the current version of the Echo.

As we told you yesterday, Amazon has a huge 70.6% share of the U.S. market for smart speakers. Google Home is second, and many other tech giants are getting interested in offering a similar device. Microsoft's Invoke, which includes a Harman Karmon premium speaker and personal assistant Cortana, will be available shortly. And there is talk that Apple will be tossing its hat into the ring with a Siri powered version of a smart speaker. 

The new Amazon Echo Show will take advantage of its touchscreen by showing lyrics to songs being streamed over its speaker from Amazon Music. The 7-inch screen (with an unknown resolution) will show YouTube videos, photos and help users create lists. The screen will also allow users to monitor a front-door cam, or a video camera placed inside a baby's room. Above the screen is a 5MP camera, with the speakers placed below the screen. To make sure that the user's voice is heard, the Echo Show comes with eight microphones, noise cancellation, and beam-forming technology.

The Echo Show will also be able to make phone calls between other Alexa powered devices thanks to the personal AI assistant. The Huawei Mate 9 features an Alexa app, and certain next-gen Moto handsets will also feature the personal assistant.

You can pre-order the Amazon Show starting today for $229.99 from Amazon. The product ships on June 28th and is available in Black and White. Order two and you can save $100 on your purchase by using the coupon code SHOW2PACK. If interested in reserving an Amazon Echo Show (or two), click on the sourcelink.

source: Amazon 

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18 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 327; Member since: May 23, 2014

Why does it look like something from the 80s

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

You are righ, it does look outdated. Somehow...

8. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

With only a 5MP camera? It might as well be from the '80s.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why does it need anything better? 5MP is high enough for 1080p video.

16. audibot

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

why is amazons stock prices 900 man i wish i bought them a year or 2 ago

3. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Curious to see what Google comes out with to compete with this.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just buy an inexpensive 7" Android tablet, install and setup Google Assistant. There you have an inexpensive Google Assistant. Not to mention right now you can pick up the lastest magpi magazine for around $14. Inside that issue you get a complete Cardboard Google Assistant with a Raspberry PI, mic, speaker, micro SD card with noobs and Google Assistant installed, and the Cardboard to wrap everything inside it. If you want to make your own inexpensive Google Assistant yourself for around $20. Then you can purchase a Raspberry PI zero with Bluetooth and WiFi for $10. Pickup a micro SD card, and install noobs and Google Assistant yourself. Buy an inexpensive microphone and speaker. Supply your own micro USB power supply, and away you go! You have a really inexpensive Google Assistant. Check this out. http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/raspberry-pi-aiy-projects-kit-08-05-2017/

4. Cat97

Posts: 1727; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Still boring.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1296; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

bout to drop in on people changing clothes

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

6. SyCo87

Posts: 281; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

They should have developed another tablet instead with a kickstand and good speakers. People barely replace tablets anyways.

9. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Me: Alexa, turn off the lights Alexa:https://youtu.be/Obgnr9pc820

10. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oh my god...the blue light strip on the front of the Echo Show reminds me of the blue light strip across the top of the Sidekick LX 2009. Man, do I miss Sidekicks.

11. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Now we just need a camera on it, a way to put it up on the wall in your living room, and make sure you look happy when you're around or the thought police might come to get you.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

It comes with a 5 megapixel camera.

18. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Uh oh! Spoke too soon!

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So no compelling reason for the screen then? Seems pointless to me.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'll definitely be picking one of these up.

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