Amazon is introducing a new version of its Echo Show that can stream content in 1080p Full HD from Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu.
Boasting a 15.6-inch display that can be mounted on a wall or placed on a table-top, a customisable home screen features Alexa widgets to help organise your life. In addition to video streaming – Sling TV will be added for US customers in the next few months – you can view and control smart home devices, track packages, leave notes for family members, or call loved ones.
“Today, families juggle multiple competing priorities—what time to drop the kids off at soccer practice, what to make for dinner, or when to schedule the next appointment—the list goes on and on. With Echo Show 15, Alexa can help,” said Tom Taylor, senior vice president, Amazon Alexa. “Echo Show 15 brings everything that makes your household tick into one place. With a redesigned home screen and Alexa widgets, you can customize Echo Show 15 to see your shared family calendar, manage to-do lists and reminders, find meal inspiration, and keep track of your incoming packages. “
A visual ID means if you walk in front of Echo Show 15, Alexa will recognize you and the screen will automatically update to show you a custom greeting, your personal reminders, calendar events, recently played music, etc. For those under the age of 15 it automatically switches to age appropriate content.
The device is powered by the next-generation Amazon AZ2 Neural Edge processor, a machine learning (ML) inference engine with a quad-core scalable architecture and 22x more TOPS (trillions of operations per second) than the previous generation.
Echo Show 15 will be available for £239.99 (the US price is $249.99). Countertop stands and under-cabinet mount accessories are sold separately.