After a number of leaks during the week that have barely left anything for the imagination, Amazon has today finally unveiled touch display-equipped Echo device, called Echo Show. Essentially, its the regular Amazon Echo powered by Alexa, but with a touch-screen this time.
News and rumors had been circulating for a good few weeks leading up to the official announcement, and a Wall Street Journal report by popular tipster Evan Blass also released extensive details about the device, right up to the price and tentative release date. Now, Amazon has announced those details officially leading to the confirmation of those reports.
Echo Show comes with a 7-inch touch display and a powerful Dolby speaker that fills the room with its crisp, razor-sharp sound. It is priced at $229.99 and will be released on June 28, 2017, as mentioned in the Amazon listing for the device. While Echo Show comes with the run-on-the-mill Echo features like timers, alarms, reminders, etc. and smart controls around the house, the addition of a touch-enabled display leads to the inclusion of added functionality like watching video content. The likes of CNN, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video are all supported, as well as full weather reports and cooking recipes that illustrate the instructions step by step.
Of course, like Echo, Echo Show also connects with other Amazon services including Amazon Music and Video, displaying track information, lyrics, album art, as well as video content from the platform. But by far the biggest perk offered by the addition of a touch-screen is the ability to place voice and video calls, for which all you need is the Amazon Alexa app. It is also capable of streaming live feeds from supported cameras like Ring and Arlo.
After this next move from Amazon further evolving the role of its Alexa-based central speaker, competitors like Google Home, and the reported upcoming Siri-powered speaker from Apple will have their work cut out. It’s already rumored that Apple is looking to launch its own touchscreen “premium” home speaker, but Amazon now leads the way with Echo Show.