Amazon will begin shipping its redesigned Echo Show 10 on February 25, 2021. For those who missed the first announcement last September, Amazon completely redesigned the design of its smart display with a touchscreen that users can interact with with the Alexa digital assistant and display a slideshow of photos.
While the new Echo Show maintains the same 10-inch screen size as previous models, it now has a significantly slimmer frame and uses recycled materials, with the aluminum and fabric in the design being 100 percent from recycled sources. The main feature of this new model, however, is the motorized swivel system that allows the display to reposition itself automatically so that it always points towards you when you call the AI assistant Alexa.
Amazon says it worked hard to make sure its motorized arm is completely silent so you don’t have to hear a buzz while moving. Rest assured, the Echo Show 10 doesn’t randomly choose to peek around your room on a whim. Instead, this happens when you talk to Alexa. Amazon is already using a more rudimentary version of this technology with its smart speakers that use LEDs to highlight the direction your voice is coming from. So you can tell if your voice has been correctly identified or mistaken for someone else in another part of the room.
With the usual wake-up word “Alexa …” to call the assistant, the touchscreen display is swiveled so that you are always in the right position for a quick look at your timer, the latest weather report or the episode of The Grand Tour throw stream from Prime Video. This panning system also ensures that you stay in the picture during a video call – relatives no longer have to cranks to see you disappear while making pottery around the house.
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After Alexa rotates the touchscreen to view the weather for the week or feeds live video from the smart security cameras, it returns to a neutral forward position.
Alexa app users away from home can manually take control of the moveable display to take a look at the moveable screen around the room – to check on the dog or to make sure everything is exactly as it is You left it.
Echo Show 10 includes a dramatically improved 10-inch touchscreen display. This should make the Echo Show 10 a much better gadget for video – perfect as Amazon has now brought support for Zoom video calling and Netflix to the device. Elsewhere, Echo Show 10 has a 13-megapixel front camera for enhanced video calls and selfies.
As with the Amazon Echo, a ZigBee hub is built in here too, so when you buy Philips Hue smart lights or any number of other connected home devices – the Echo Show 10 handles – you don’t have to connect any additional hubs to your router Your new kit will work immediately. Echo Show 10 starts at £ 239.99 and will be available in Charcoal and Glacier White.
It can be pre-ordered now, but, as mentioned above, it won’t land on your doorstep until February 25, 2021.