Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device — similar to the Alexa-powered Echo family of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands –with a seven-inch screen that you can use to make, screen and take video calls. The Echo Show, which comes in black and white versions, will cost $229.99 and will be shipped on June 28 in the US, and pre-orders are available now. It appears that it will be available in the US first, and other countries and territories will get access at a later date.
According to the description on the product page:
“Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.”
The Echo Show — which comes weighing in at 41 ounces — also comes equipped with Dolby-powered speakers and eight microphones. It appears that while you can still use the same things you use the existing Echo devices for, the Echo Show will integrate and enhance those same skills and features, thanks to the added video component. For example, you’ll be able to see music lyrics for Amazon Music.