Amazon Introduces Upgraded Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5
Echo Show 8 features a powerful 13-megapixel wide-angle camera that digitally pans and zooms during video calls, a vibrant 8-inch HD display with adaptive color, a new octa-core processor, and dual stereo speakers, always only $ 169.99
Echo Show 5 comes with an improved HD camera and more color options – still only $ 99.99
Alexa can now show you even more: view music recommendations from Amazon Music and Spotify, securely access the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home, watch Prime Video, Netflix, and more
TORONTO, May 12, 2021 / CNW / – (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon today introduced its new Echo Show devices – the new Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5. Echo Show is the fastest growing family of Echo devices, and new models feature more powerful cameras for better video calls, as well as new ways to improve your Alexa experience.
“Customers love using Echo Show to easily stay in touch and over the past year they have made almost three times the number of video calls globally compared to the previous year,” said Celine Lee, Canada Country Manager, Amazon Alexa. “With these new Echo Show devices, we’ve focused on communications – bringing a powerful camera and digital pan and zoom capabilities to the new Echo Show 8, improving the Echo Show 5 camera, and, soon, adding new effects. AR to make video calls. more fun and engaging. ”
Echo Show 8 – Featuring a 13MP wide-angle camera that keeps you centered in the frame – always right $ 169.99
The new Echo Show 8 features an 8-inch HD adaptive color display; a powerful 13 megapixel camera with integrated shutter; a new octa-core processor; and two stereo speakers for clear, balanced sound. The enhanced camera automatically pans and zooms when you’re on video calls, so everyone stays centered in the frame. Just ask to make video calls through Alexa or say: “Alexa, call my family,“to join a group call with multiple people. To add fun to an Alexa call, you’ll soon be able to simply tap the screen to choose from animated visual and audio reactions during a call, like hearts, laughs or confetti You’ll also soon be able to activate augmented reality (AR) effects during calls, so you can appear in street art, classic painting, and more.
With two stereo speakers and an HD display, Echo Show 8 offers an immersive entertainment experience. Just ask to browse Prime Video and Netflix TV shows or movies or ask Alexa to play your favorite music from Amazon Music, Apple Music or Spotify. Alexa will also show you music playlists or station recommendations based on the song currently playing on Amazon Music or Spotify services, making it easier for you to discover your next favorite artist or song.
Echo Show 8 can also showcase your memories. You can use Amazon Photos to turn your home screen into a digital frame. Plus, if you’re a Prime member, you have unlimited full-resolution cloud photo storage with Amazon Photos – and the adaptive color display on Echo Show 8 makes your photos look great no matter what. light.
Echo Show 5: compact design, improved camera, even more colors, always right $ 99.99
With its compact 5.5 inch screen, Echo Show 5 fits easily into any room in your home and with three colors to choose from – Charcoal, Glacier White and the new Deep Sea Blue – it fits perfectly into your decor. You can relax in the day with an alarm clock that turns on your lights, broadcasts good news, and shows you the day’s weather. Watch video clips from your favorite sports team, watch news from CBC, CTV and Citynews, and more.
Echo Show 5 features an improved HD camera with twice the pixels and a built-in camera shutter that’s perfect for a quick video call or popping into the kitchen to see if dinner is ready. You can also securely access the built-in camera on Echo Show through the Alexa app to check in at home if you’re out of town, or just see if the dog is on the couch.
Alexa is becoming even more proactive. Now set up a routine to turn on the lights as soon as you walk into a room in the morning to start your day. Or, to save energy, you can create a routine for Alexa to turn off your Fire TV if you left it on after bedtime.
Designed with privacy in mind
Echo Show devices are designed with multiple layers of privacy protection, including microphone and camera controls, and the ability to view and delete your voice recordings. All new generation cameras come with built-in shutters to cover the camera. To learn more about the features that keep your Alexa experience transparent and in control, visit the Alexa Privacy Hub: http://www.amazon.ca/alexaprivacy.
Pricing and availability
Echo Show 5 ($ 99.99) is available in Charcoal, Glacier White and Deep Sea Blue and Echo Show 8 ($ 169.99) is available in Charcoal and Glacier White. We have focused on minimizing the impact of our new Echo Show devices on the environment by using 100% post-consumer recycled fabric.
Pre-orders begin today, and devices will begin shipping next month.
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