The Echo Show 8. (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon is rolling out new versions of its Echo devices with screens, including its first model for kids.
On Wednesday, Amazon announced the Echo Show 8, a high-end version featuring an 8-inch HD screen, 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, and dual stereo speakers.
The new camera will automatically pan and zoom to ensure users stay centered in the frame during video calls, Amazon says.
Users can also take Zoom calls from the Echo Show, and take advantage of augmented reality effects.
The Echo Show 8 costs $129.99. It’s available for pre-order starting Wednesday and ships next month.
Amazon is also releasing a more compact, affordable model called Echo Show 5, with a 5.5-inch display. It’s available for $84.99 in charcoal, glacier white, and deep sea blue.
The Echo Show 5 Kids. (Photo: Amazon)
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There’s also a child-friendly version of the device, Echo Show 5 Kids ($94.99), that boasts personalized home screens with special kid themes, and support from video calls from contacts approved by parents. It also includes a free one-year membership to Amazon Kids+, which offers.a variety of entertainment and education content.
“With these new Echo Show devices, we focused on communications,” said Tom Taylor, senior vice president for Amazon Alexa in a statement.
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