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Amazon Just Launched A Brand-New Echo With A Screen For Video Calls

The new device, called the Echo Show, will be available in the US on June 28.

Posted on May 9, 2017, at 10:09 a.m. ET


Amazon has launched a brand new device called the Echo Show. Itโ€™s essentially an Amazon Echo with a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera built-in โ€” which means you can now tell Alexa to show you that YouTube video, throw up lyrics to the song thatโ€™s playing, see weather forecasts, and also make video calls with anyone with another Echo Show or the Alexa App.

But you donโ€™t have to have an Echo Show to call. Amazon is essentially turning its entire family Echo family into a WiFi calling system. This means that if you already have an Echo, an Echo Dot, or even the Alexa app on your phone, youโ€™ll still be able to place calls over WiFi on all those devices. Think of it as Amazonโ€™s version of FaceTime.

The 41-ounce device will be available in two colors โ€” black and white โ€” and will be available in the US for $229 on June 28. Here's what it's like to use.

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The Echo Show is the latest addition to Amazonโ€™s family of Echo devices. Late last month, Amazon unveiled a hands-free, voice-activated camera called the Echo Look, which uses algorithms to let you know which outfit looks best on you.