Amazon Introduces New Echo Show With Touch Screen And Alexa Calling

Angelica Greene
May 20, 2017

If you buy more than one, you can use promo code "Show2Pack" to get a $100 discount on the order. You can also call from Echo to Echo, Echo Dot to Echo Dot and so on.

While the video calling feature isn't necessarily groundbreaking, it does open up a new realm of opportunity for the device and its mass market appeal. The popularity of virtual assistants across all device types is also expected to grow this year, with 23.1% more usage of assistants like Alexa, Siri, Google Now and Cortana.

Amazon has officially unveiled Amazon Echo Show, an Alexa-packing, touchscreen version of its pre-existing Amazon Echo device.

Amazon Echo is a voice-activated smart Bluetooth speaker powered by intelligent personal assistant service Alexa.

It means users can ask Alexa to "display a live feed from a particular room in the house, with the images popping up directly on the Echo Show's screen".

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The video calling feature is proprietary and enables conversations between other contacts with an Echo or anyone using the Android Echo app.

Then, we have the voice messaging feature. The green ring will appear for incoming calls, too. The screen shows date and time information, weather details, upcoming events and reminders, etc. Being able to quickly and easily pull up Youtube videos while getting ready in the morning or pulling up song lyrics through Amazon Music are a few of the first things that jump out. It sounds like you won't need to call someone else, but can simply access the camera on another 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. If you want, you can opt to not allow anyone to.

An Amazon spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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

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