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New Amazon Echo with touchscreen and calling facility to launch tomorrow?

Orlando Vargas | 10 May, 2017, 02:25

If simply talking to Alexa on your Amazon Echo Speaker just wasn't doing it for you, soon you could talk to - and see - your friends or family through the e-commerce company's upcoming screen-equipped Echo Show.

The Echo Show is officially released on June 28, but it can be pre-ordered today.

"Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things", reads part of the product's description. Amazon also didn't reveal whether it will add Alexa Calling to other devices with Alexa integration, which include anything from TVs to fridges to auto dashboards. Using Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, it's capable of streaming music, reporting local weather/news, and tracking your Amazon purchases. "All hands-free-just ask", Amazon notes on their product page.

Leaked photos suggest that a new Echo device with a built-in camera and touchscreen will be announced imminently. To get in on the video call action, at least one participant need a Show.

Apart from this touch screen new Echo model, Amazon is reportedly planning to announce some telephone services for their other Echo devices. Called the Echo Show, the new hardware sports a 7-inch touchscreen, a camera, eight Dolby microphones.

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Amazon has finally debuted the latest version of its popular line of home automation devices, Echo, after months of speculation. Unlike the original Echo, the Echo Show isn't cylindrical and won't pump out 360-degree sound.

The number of active U.S. users will more than double for the devices this year, to 35.6 million, eMarketer said.

The screen also means you can integrate even more of your smart home devices into the Echo infrastructure, with Amazon using baby monitors and front-door cameras as examples of what you can do.

If you're going to give the Echo Show a try, be sure to pick two of them up with this discount so you can get the most out of it.

When a call is received, the ring around the top of your Echo (or in your Amazon Alexa app) will turn green, after which you can simply answer or deny the phone call.

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