Amazon unveiled the Echo Show which is a WiFi enabled homed device with a seven inch screen for calling. This device makes it the second Alexa powered home device after the Echo hub hardware. The major difference between the newly announced Echo Show and Echo itself is the addition of a screen to interact with humans.
This new device starts at $229.99 and will be available from June 28.
“Echo Show has eight microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo Show is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive audio powered by Dolby. When you want to use Echo Show, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo Show responds instantly.”
While the device features Alexa Calling, it’s not a mobile phone replacement but has the potential to fill the fixed phone gap.
Here are key specs of the new device;
|Size||7.4” x 7.4” x 3.5” (187 mm x 187 mm x 90 mm)|
|Weight||41.0 oz. (1170 grams)
Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.|
|Bluetooth Connectivity||Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Show or from Echo Show to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.|
|Audio||Dual 2 inch stereo speakers|
|Alexa App||The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.|
|Processor||Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor for advanced technology and processing capabilities|
|Warranty and Service||1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Echo Show is subject to the terms found here.|
|Included in the Box||Echo Show, power adapter/cable (6 ft.), Things to Try card, and quick start guide.|
Amazon is expected to control nearly 70 percent of the voice controlled speaker market in 2017.