Amazon Echo Show With Touchscreen Gets Official

Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has aggressively expanded its Alexa partnerships to end up with thousands of so-called "skills".

Pre-orders of the new Amazon Echo Show are set to ship June 28th to USA residents.

The news comes on the heels of a new speaker announced by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) on Monday, powered by the company's Cortana voice assistant, which offers similar functionality to Alexa.

Amazon will be adding another device to its Echo line and it is called the Echo Show. It can also show you weather reports or news briefings.

Amazon is giving its voice-enabled Echo speaker a touch screen and video-calling capabilities as it competes with Google's efforts at bringing "smarts" to the home.

Amazon's Echo is expected to continue its dominance, with a share of almost 71 per cent, though eMarketer expects Google's Home speaker to cut into that share in the coming years. The main Echo device is now on sale for $150, while a smaller Echo Dot goes for $50.

It's hard to miss the headline feature of the Echo Show.

While the new Echo Look and Echo Show add snazzy features like a built-in camera and the ability to take and make calls, they also cost $199 and $229, respectively.

If you aren't ready to upgrade to an Echo Show, voice calling features will be rolling out to the full Echo lineup soon. The cylindrical speaker uses your Wi-Fi network to connect to the Internet and tap into Amazon's universe of services.

As per usual with most Echo devices, you can also use it to control various features of your home, like the thermostat, lights, and other compatible smart home devices such as WeMo, Philips Hue, and ecobee.

  • Arturo Norris