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Amazon Echo Screen

Amazon’s Echo Show is Here!

Remember a couple of days I wrote, Amazon Echo with a Screen, I’d Buy It?

Well it’s here. The code name of “Knight” is now the “Echo Show.”

At the time we only had a picture to go on. I speculated that it would be a good kitchen device similar to the Invoxia Triby, but with intercom capabilities like the Nucleus Anywhere Intercom. It’s rare, but it seems I got it mostly right according to the promo video on Amazon’s site.

It seems like the videophone is the defining feature. They are even running a promo where if you buy 2 (one to give away) you’ll save $100. The two Echo Shows would normally be $460, but with the $100 savings they are $360… or $180 each. If that $180 price-point sounds familiar, it was the price of the original Echo until it was recently reduced.

The videophone also has a check-in feature. It wasn’t clear in the promo video how it works, but it seems like a way of asking, “Hey, are you available?” without actually calling. I don’t know how that is different than just calling.

Aside from the videophone features, there is the ability to hook into video feeds in your house. For example, you can easily see who is front door with Ring. Or you can check in on the kids if you have a compatible baby monitor.

I know I said that I’d buy it, but I’m really on the fence. On one hand, it would be great for the kids to video call with grandma. On the other hand we have 4 Echo devices for 6 rooms. As I said before, I’m not sure my wife would endorse such a purchase. One potential feature that could sway her might be the ability to use it as a photo frame. I don’t know whether or not to presume that Amazon is smart enough to make it work with Amazon Photos. I haven’t seen that feature, but I’m still learning about what the Echo Show can do.

Amazon Echo With A Screen? Sure I’d Buy It.

Amazon has been rumored to be coming out with an Echo with a screen for some time. And why not? Screens are relatively cheap. They are still great ways to convey information and beauty. Well, the rumors got a long stronger with the recently leaked pictures from multiple reliable sources:

Amazon Echo Screen
Amazon Echo Screen

For those that seem to care about such nonsense, there appears to be a white one available as well.

This new Echo, codenamed “Knight”, supposedly has a 7″ screen and a camera. I could see this as being a cross between the Invoxia Triby and the Nucleus Anywhere Intercom. I think of it as a great kitchen device like the Triby (alas without the messaging aspect, but at least always-listening). The camera could make it be a nice intercom especially over the internet. From the picture itself we get the idea that it has day planning capabilities.

So people think it looks ugly, but I think it looks fine. Perhaps I’m a little biased. I’m also not sure what else people were expecting. Maybe they want a stainless steel version?

There’s no word on how much it will cost. The problem for me is that I already have a couple of Echo Dots, an Echo, and a Tap. I’m almost at Alexa Everywhere at this point. And with the Tap, I literally can have it everywhere very easily. For new customers though, this could be interesting. I might just be interested enough myself if the screen features are helpful and it is priced right. It would be a tough sell with the wife as she’s trying to curb my Alexa/Echo addiction.