Amazon Echo Show – the touchscreen voice-controlled advanced version of Amazon Echo – is here and Amazon is accepting pre-orders for the same for $229.99; however, if you want $50 discount, read on!
Amazon Echo Show, like its predecessors, responds to voice commands, plays audio and is even capable of controlling smart home appliances around the home. The Show, however, now comes with a touchscreen. It comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, allowing users to do a number of tasks, such as attending video and voice calls with other Echo devices.
If this was not it, the Echo Show is also capable of playing content from YouTube and other apps. The video calling feature seems proprietary, as users will be able to call anyone with an Echo device or a mobile device with the Alexa app installed. The device will be made available from June 28 in white or black and is priced at $229.99. The Echo Show can be yours for $179.99 if you order two at the same time and use the code SHOW2PACK at the time of checkout.
As far as other features go, there is something called ‘Drop In’ that will allow you to connect to another Echo Show without the other person having to accept the call. They can choose to answer only via voice. The Echo Show also includes Dolby-powered speakers for music playback for ‘crisp vocals and dynamic bass response’.
The Show is Amazon’s fourth major Echo-branded device. The original Amazon Echo was launched way back in 2014, followed by a smaller Echo Dot, the Echo Tap and, last month the company unveiled the Echo Look, which has a camera but no built-in screen.
The voice-controlled smart speaker market continues to grow rapidly, with Amazon’s Echo range of devices dominating the segment. According to data from research firm eMarketer, Amazon’s Echo devices will have 70.6 per cent of the market compared to 23.8 per cent for Google’s Home. The research firm expects 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated device – at least once a month this year.
Amazon, of course, isn’t the only player that wants to rule the segment. Alphabet’s Google is equally interested to solidify its position with its AI-powered speaker, Google Home.
Apple, the world’s most valuable tech company, is currently missing from the scene but the company might release its Siri-powered speaker at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. Samsung’s Harman Kardon has recently launched a voice-controlled speaker with Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant.
Why wait, just head to Amazon.com and order two using the code SHOW2PACK and get $100 on your Echo Show devices.