The new device is reportedly set to debut sometime in Q1 of 2017, and in addition to featuring updated speakers for all-around better audio quality, the new Alexa gadget will also come equipped with something quite special - a 7-inch touchscreen. This would result in the device being the first Echo product to feature any sort of built-in display, and it's reported that the screen will showcase information that's related to your interactions with Alexa. For example, asking for the weather would bring up a visual forecast, calling upon your calendar would showcase your upcoming appointments, etc. The positioning of the screen is also said to feature an upwards tilt, allowing for easier readability when it's placed on a counter or table.
The original Amazon Echo is still the most expensive item in the company's product line at $179.99, and we should expect this new addition to cost even more thanks to the improved speakers and inclusion of the 7-inch touchscreen. Amazon has to officially comment on this unnamed device, but seeing as how it's slated to be released within the first bit of next year, we shouldn't have to wait too much longer before we get official confirmation on Amazon's most powerful Echo yet.