Features powerful speakers, a stunning 10-inch HD display, a 5 MP camera, and a built-in smart home hub
Just ask to stream videos from Prime Video, browse your favourite websites, and enjoy Alexa skills
With the Ring video doorbell, you can easily see and talk to anyone at your front door
Stay connected to friends and family around the world with Skype calling, Alexa calling, and Drop In features
SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Today Amazon announced the all-new Echo Show. The device features an immersive 10-inch HD display with crisp and bright visuals, a built-in smart home hub, and a powerful speaker system that delivers deep bass and stereo sound—available for CDN $299.99.
"Customers tell us they love the convenience of being able to ask Alexa to show them things," said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. "Today, we're making the voice-first, visual Echo Show experience better in every way by adding even more experiences to delight our customers—a dynamic and vivid display makes watching videos even more enjoyable, new speakers for music and music videos (coming soon), two-way doorbell video calling (coming soon), simple set-up and control of smart home devices, Skype calling to friends and family (coming soon), and all-new visual features."
New Design and Improved Audio
The all-new Echo Show features a vibrant 10-inch HD display that shows colourful, fresh, and compelling visuals. So when you ask Alexa to show you the weather, watch a video or pull up your shopping list, the experience is even more delightful. The screen is complemented by dual, side-firing 2 inch Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator and Dolby processing to deliver expansive sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs, perfect for listening to your favourite music. Just ask to play Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn, Radioplayer, and more.
Video Doorbell and Built In Smart Home Hub
Coming later this year, the all-new Echo Show will have a two-way talk feature that works with Ring doorbell cameras. When the doorbell rings or motion is detected by the security camera, just say "Alexa, answer the front door" to see and talk to whoever is there without having to open the door. Additionally, you can now have Alexa play a chime and make an announcement when someone rings your Ring doorbell camera. You can also use Alexa Routines to play custom announcements when the front door camera detects movement or someone rings the doorbell.
With a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, Echo Show makes it simple to start your smart home. Just say, "Alexa, discover my devices" to automatically discover and setup compatible light bulbs, plugs and switches without the need for additional hubs or apps. Once set-up, ask Alexa to turn on the lights or use the touch-screen to turn devices on and off.
Even More Calling Options
The all-new Echo Show has a built-in, 5 MP camera that supports high-definition video calling and is great for hands-free calls to friends and family who have an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Use Drop In on supported Echo devices in the playroom, or check in on the living room to see if the dog is behaving.
Coming soon, customers can connect with even more friends and family around the world through support for Skype voice and video calling. Just say, "Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype" to reach Jimmy wherever he uses Skype.
"Skype calling with Alexa will allow customers to use their Echo devices to communicate hands-free with the hundreds of millions of Skype customers around the world," said Gaurav Sareen, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft. "This new experience makes it even easier to connect with friends and family and we can't wait for customers to try it out."
Staying on top of your weekly shopping is easy with Echo Show. Simply ask, "Alexa, reorder coffee" and she will help you order your favourite blend. Need to build a list, just say "Alexa, add bananas to my list". And, if you've got an important order on the way, Alexa will let you know when it's arriving, just say "Alexa, where's my stuff."
Built-in Web Browser
Echo Show has a built-in web browser that can be opened by saying, "Alexa, open Silk" or "Alexa, open Firefox." Once open, you can use the on-screen keyboard to type a URL and visit your favourite website. And, like other browsers, you can bookmark your favourite websites for easy access.
Skills for the Screen
With thousands of skills available on the all-new Echo Show and counting, Alexa is always getting smarter. Now you can meditate with Headspace, track flights with Kayak, or play Would You Rather? with your family. Just say, "Alexa, help me get started with skills."
Pricing and Availability
Echo Show is available for only CDN $299.99. Echo Show will also have an accompanying stand that will allow you to tilt the Echo Show to adjust the viewing and camera angles for only CDN $39.99. Both are available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.ca/echoshow and will begin shipping next month.
The all-new Echo Show joins the all-new family of Echo devices announced today. To learn more, visit the press room.
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