Amazon has introduced a couple of new smart hardware products. Here are two of the most interesting ones: the Amazon Echo Show and Amazon Astro.
The Amazon Echo Show takes Alexa to a whole new level. It’s like a large picture frame that mounts to your wall and can be easily switched to portrait or landscape.
It features a 15.6-inch FHD+ display that lets you stream videos, see widgets (weather, notes, etc.), and have a visual representation of whatever you want to ask Alexa like cooking recipes and more.
There’s also a 5-megapixel camera that’s used for the visual ID which, along with voice ID, will help the device detect who’s interacting with it to deliver customized results.
For privacy protection, the Echo Show has a microphone and camera off button and a built-in camera shutter. You can also delete voice recordings and visual ID whenever you want.
For the specs heads out there, the Echo Show is powered by an Amlogic PocornA octa-core chipset, Amazon AZ2 neural network engine, dual 1.6-inch full-range speakers, WiFi 6, and Bluetooth A2DP.
It comes with a 30W power adapter and a white cord in the box that you can hopefully hide cleanly when mounted on your wall.
The Amazon Echo Show has a price of USD249 (around Php12,700). Availability details in the U.S. and markets like the Philippines are yet to be known.
Saving the coolest one for last, the Amazon Astro Robot is essentially an Echo assistant speaker on wheels. Besides the usual voice commands, reminders, and other smart assistant features, you can make video calls with it, great for hands-free calls if you’re busy around the house.
It also features a retractable periscope camera so it can see in higher places. This robot could be useful in different scenarios like if you’re out and worried if you forgot to turn off the stove.
The Amazon Astro has an SRP of USD1,499 (around Php76,200) but will have an introductory price of USD999 (around Php50,800).