Just as reports had suggested, Amazon today unveiled its latest Alexa-powered smart speaker: the Echo Show. Unlike previous Echo speakers, the Echo Show comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that sets it apart from other Alexa-powered speakers and devices in the market.
The addition of a touchscreen makes the Echo Show more useful as it can display content that was not possible before. This includes video flash briefings, YouTube videos, music lyrics, footage from your security camera, to-do lists, weather forecasts, video calls, and more.
Voice responses from Alexa are now enhanced with visuals and optimized for visibility across the room. Call or message your family and friends that also have an Echo or the Alexa App, get the news with a video flash briefing, see your Prime Photos, shop with your voice, see lyrics with Amazon Music, and more. All you have to do is ask.
Amazon is also making use of the touchscreen to make the Echo Show act as a digital photo frame by automatically pulling photos from Prime Photos.
The Echo Show features eight strategically located microphones with beam-forming technology that allows it to pick up your voice from across the room without any issues. Additionally, it also features an “expertly tuned” speaker featuring Dolby Audio that allows it to fill a room with immersive audio.
Amazon is also introducing an Alexa App with the new Echo Show. The app will allow Echo owners to connect and talk to each other for free. The feature will be built into Echo devices and Amazon will also be making the Alexa app available as a free download for smartphones.
Amazon Echo Show will go on sale on June 28, though its pre-orders are already live. You can snag one up for $229.99 or two of them for $360.