Amazon's next Alexa device will feature a 7-inch touchscreen

Amazon's next Alexa device will feature a 7-inch touchscreen
Amazon's Alexa AI is easily one of my favorite creations of the Seattle-based company. I've been a proud owner of the original Amazon Echo since it was first made available to just Prime customers, and it's been fantastic to see how far the Alexa platform has grown and matured since its initial release. The experience of using the Echo has gotten so much more enjoyable as time has gone on, but as Alexa has grown smarter, the Echo hardware itself still leaves me wanting a bit more at times. The device itself is built like a tank, and as much as I appreciate that aspect of it, I do find myself occasionally wishing that the actual audio quality was a bit better at times. A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Amazon is currently working on another Alexa-powered device, and it's looking like it could shape up to be the best one yet.

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.

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12. thxultra

Posts: 494; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I personally really like the Amazon Dot because it is inexpensive. If I want better speakers I will hook it up to them. In most rooms I just want the smart functionality and the regular dot is perfect for that. The integration works great for me so far in my one room test. I honestly have no use for the screen but will be interesting to see what Amazon does with the screen. I use mine for simple things like the weather, alarm clock, news, Controlling lights and want to get one of those smart thermostats too. All this I think works great with the regular dot. Amazon did a really nice job with it if you ask me.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 23143; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely love my Amazon Echo Dot, and look forward to purchasing this updated/upgraded version when it's released.

13. thxultra

Posts: 494; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I do also but I think one of its biggest selling points is the cost. If this new one with the screen is $200 it loses its appeal to me. I am planning on putting more dots around my house to control smart devices. Really like the hue lights with the dot.

3. DaveElliott

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Imagine a future touchscreen Dot replacing several wall switches. Of course, when not engaged they are on/off/dimmer etc. When she's communicating, pretty Dot is talking and/or displaying whatever relevant info. Might be a creep mode to have her face always watching. Good enough speakers for synced music also.

2. surethom

Posts: 1779; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Interesting but while I wait for Google Home to be released in UK, I would like echo to have multi-room audio please.

1. nivek4011

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

meh. i traded in my echo for google home. so. much. better.

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