Echo Comes With a Screen, and Alexa Can Make Calls

Alexa now comes on a screen. Amazon just revealed their Echo Show – a WiFi enabled home device with a 7 inch screen, another member to add to their lineup of home products.

Other Echos are basically an assistant which answers questions, control your smart home devices, or comes up with some quirky remarks – the new sibling has an additional function where you can use it to make video calls and talk to other people. (gasp! I know. Other HUMANS.)

As of now they come in black or white, and priced at US$299.99 on Amazon. According to their product page it will be shipped from June 28 and preorders start now.

From the product intro, this is what Amazon wrote “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.”

With regards to the calling and messaging function – that is a new addition for Amazon. Named Alexa Calling, that function will work on other Echo devices and the Alexa app.

The Echo Show is very clearly marketed as a home device – so it’s not going to replace your mobile phones. Given that sometimes you could be charging your phone, have bad reception or it’s just out of reach somehow – Amazon is definitely trying to bridge gaps in consumer usage with this latest device.

More on how Echo Show works below.

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