Amazon Echo Show with 5MP front camera, 7-inch touchscreen unveiled

Amazon today introduced a new voice-enabled Alexa personal assistant with a video screen.

Amazon unveiled the Echo Show on Tuesday, a new voice-controlled speaker that sports a touchscreen display and can be used to make video calls. There's even support for voice and video calls which will work through the Alexa app. All Echo messaging and calling is free. This is by all means an Alexa device under the Echo category of hardware.

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While the voice-activated assistant is capable of connecting to devices such as the Philips Hue lighting system, ArsTechnica says it will also be compatible with "smart cameras from Ring and Arlo".

The Echo Show's coolest new feature is the video chat experience that lets users make hands-free video calls to friends and family who also have an Echo Show or use the Alexa smartphone app.

So what does Echo Show do?

"Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things". Users will be able to ask Alexa to pull up products from the amazon online shop and answers from the net. The device is tuned to pick up commands and requests using eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation.

Amazon's new speaker is called Echo Show.

The Echo Show costs $230 (or £220 or €240 in the United Kingdom and Germany, respectively) - a figure that might be a hard sell, considering that the new Echo Look is almost $100 less.

The device is now up for pre-order on Amazon.com for the price of $229.99.

  • Zachary Reyes