Amazon has finally announced the Amazon Echo Show, the first Echo device equipped with a screen.
The Show follows in the footsteps of the recently announced Amazon Echo Look, which combined Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant with a camera that can take pictures and make style recommendations.
The Show is a radical departure from previous Echo devices as it can provide you with information visually (via its screen) as well as through sound. Previous speakers were limited to using voice to communicate.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The newest entry in Amazon's voice activated line of Echo products
- How much will it cost? $230 (£220 / AU price tba)
- When is it out? June 28
Amazon Echo Show release date
Confirming what was rumored earlier today due to a leak, Amazon has announced that the Amazon Echo Show will be released on June 28 in both the US and UK, with pre-orders open now.
That means you'll have to wait a month and a half to get your hands on the new speaker if you order it today, although it's nice to see it come simultaneously to both the US and UK, after the original Amazon Echo took over a year to arrive in the latter territory.
Amazon Echo Show features
As well as the Alexa voice assistant that we've grown familiar to thanks to its inclusion in existing Amazon Echo speakers and Amazon Fire TV devices, the Amazon Echo Show is equipped with both a screen and a webcam, which will allow it to both show, as well as tell, you information.
The screen is 7-inches in size, and is touchscreen enabled. It's capable of showing notifications, playing internet video, showing lyrics on Amazon Music, and it can also allow conversations between different devices in the same house.
It will be interesting to see whether this functionality is increased in the future to allow it to make voice calls outside of the home.
As well as this new screen-equipped functionality, the Show is compatible with Amazon's existing library of skills which ranges from ordering cabs with Uber, to controlling smart lightbulbs and thermostats.