Amazon Reveals $230 Contact-Display Echo Present

With Echo Present, Alexa can ‘present you issues,’ Amazon says of its new gadget.

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon right now unveiled a touch-screen model of its Echo gadget, dubbed the Echo Present.

The Present, obtainable in white or black, is available for pre-order now for $229.99, and is predicted to reach on June 28. When you purchase two or extra Echo Present units, get $100 off with the “SHOW2PACK” code.

In response to Amazon, the Echo Present “brings you all the things you’re keen on about Alexa, and now she will present you issues. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, safety cameras, pictures, climate forecasts, to-do and purchasing lists, and extra. All hands-free—simply ask.”

Amazon Echo Show

The Echo Present sports activities a 7-inch contact display and a 5-megapixel front-facing digital camera for video calls. It weighs about 2.5 kilos and is available in at 7.four by 7.four by three.5 inches. It runs an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor.

With Echo Present, faucet into the providers you’ll in your Echo speaker—from music (Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn) to the day’s information. You can too hyperlink it up with good dwelling units from firms like Ring, WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, ecobee, and Wink and use Echo Present as a surveillance digital camera of kinds (“Alexa, present me the youngsters’ room.”)

Since Amazon unveiled its voice-controlled Echo speaker in 2014, it has launched smaller, supplementary Echo units with the Dot (video under) and Faucet. Clones have popped up, largely notably the Google Home, the Lenovo Smart Assistant, and—simply this week—the Cortana-backed Harman Kardon Invoke.

Apple has to this point stayed out the area; Phil Schiller recently said any Echo-like gadget in all probability wanted a contact display, so we’ll need to see if Cupertino decides to provide the Echo Present a run for its cash.