Amazon debuted an updated Echo Show 8 during its live event today, highlighting the device’s new display, camera, microphones and spatial-audio capabilities. Generative AI helps the Echo Show 8 respond dynamically to the user’s position in the physical world, offering different displays depending on how far away someone is from the screen. A new language model increases the device’s on-board Alexa response time by 40 percent over the previous edition.
The Echo Show 8 costs $149.99 and is available for pre-order today. The device will hit the market and start shipping in October.
Amazon showed off the new display’s dynamic UI abilities with a weather app, showcasing larger font size when the user was far away from the screen, and changing to a view with more detail as they came closer. This is similar to the proximity features Google has included in its Nest Hub devices.
The Echo Show 8 also uses a new large language model that is designed to make interacting with the Alexa assistant feel more conversational. Users won’t have to use the wake word over and over again in order to ask the device questions, for instance.
Amazon unveiled the original, 7-inch Echo Show in 2017 and has rolled out various versions over the years, with the latest notable refreshes landing in 2021. That year, Amazon announced the third-gen Echo Show 10, the second-gen Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8, and the brand-new Echo Show 15, which is designed to be wall-mounted. Amazon did release an updated Echo Show 5 in 2023, offering minimal improvements in processing speed and audio quality, but otherwise leaving the device’s design unchanged.
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