We had a feeling that the Amazon Echo Show was due for an update. With competition from Google Assistant via Lenovo’s gorgeous Smart Display and JBL’s Link View, which both feature better sound and display quality, Amazon needed to catch up.
The company delivered with the all-new Amazon Echo Show, an Alexa speaker with a screen (available for pre-order now with a free Philips Hue light bulb for $230, shipping on October 11). We got to spend some time with the new device, and Amazon is definitely back in the game.
Like the previous Echo Show, the new Show looks a little bit like a propped-up tablet. But the new Show has a bigger, 10-inch crystal clear display (the old one was seven inches). It serves as a smart hub, meaning that it can use the Zigbee protocol to connect to smart home devices.
Another difference between the old and new devices is the shape. The older version resembled a blocky, old-school TV, while the new one is more streamlined, with a sandstone or charcoal fabric backing. It’s ideal for a kitchen environment, where you could ask Alexa to show you tutorials on, say, how to make lasagna.