Amazon.com Announces Alexa-Powered Echo Show

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Additionally, free video calls are on offer if you have the Echo Show or the Alexa app.

Today Amazon took the wraps off of its new Echo Show, a device with a 7-inch touchscreen.

Up to this point, Amazon's Echo devices have been all about voice controls, but the newest addition to the family, the Amazon Echo Show ($229.99 on Amazon), adds visuals and video calling.

In its latest attempt to make your home life easier, Amazon introduced the Echo Show on Tuesday morning, complete with a seven-inch screen that allows users to make video calls.

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Does the Echo Show look like the best option yet?

There have been quite a few leaks regarding a new Echo over the past several days, and now Amazon has made everything official. On Monday, Microsoft and Harman International unveiled a cylindrical gadget similar to the original Echo, powered by Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana.

It seems like Amazon is marketing the Echo Show as the hands-free device for your living room or kitchen. A new feature called "Drop In" can also be enabled to automatically answer calls from select contacts. Obviously, you both need to have Alexa access for this to work, but Amazon plans to make this feature available to owners of the Echo devices as well as anyone using the Alexa app.

Amazon sells its Echo in the United Kingdom but didn't announce pricing or a release date for the Echo Show in UK. There's also noise-cancellation built in, so the Show can hear your commands while playing music from its pair of 5cm speakers. So if you ask it for a weather forecast you'll get a graphic representation as well as a spoken reply. If interested in reserving an Amazon Echo Show (or two), click on the sourcelink. The person you are dropping in on will also have the option to use voice call instead of video if they're not completely available.

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