Amazon Introduces New Echo Show Devices With Upgrades

And a new Echo Show 5 Kids

Amazon announced updates on Wednesday to its Echo Show devices, as well as a kids version of the smart home device. 

The Echo Show 5 and Show 8 are getting some notable updates, including a 2-megapixel front camera on the Show 5 and a 13-megapixel camera system with a 110-degree field of view on the Show 8. 

The Echo Show 5 also gets a noticeable price drop, to $84.99 from $89.99, and comes in a new color: deep sea blue.

Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon

While most of the rest of the Echo Show 5 remained the same, Amazon also updated Echo Show 8’s processor from the MediaTek 8163 to the MediaTek 8183. 

The Echo Show 8 also borrows from the now discontinued Echo Show 10 with a pan and zoom feature you can use while on video calls, so everyone stays centered in the frame. There are even new augmented reality effects in the Echo Show 8 to send animated "reactions" during video calls, or to choose custom virtual backgrounds.

Another big announcement is the addition of the Echo Show 5 Kids. Following in the footsteps of the Echo Dot for Kids, the new Echo Show device includes a free subscription to Amazon’s Kids+ for one year and a kid-appropriate Alexa that provides homework help and the ability to make jokes. The Echo Show 5 Kids also comes with a two-year warranty because, well, kids.

All three new Echo Show devices are available for preorder now for a June shipping date. The Echo Show 5 is $84.99, the Echo Show 5 Kids is $94.99, and the Echo Show 8 is $129.99. 

Amazon originally debuted the Echo Show devices in 2017 as a new smart speaker with a screen to make video calls, show smart camera feeds, browse YouTube, create visual to-do lists, and more. 

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