Occurred a company Amazon has a few products in its Echo line, Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5, along with adding the Kids Edition of Echo Show 5.
The camera is the big new feature on both models, but the most significant upgrade is the larger Echo Show 8 that now has a 13-megapixel sensor, which you find the same on the Echo Show 10.
Rather than panning the screen to point at you like you do on Echo Show 10, the Echo Show 8 provides a 110-degree wider field of view to follow you as you move around the room.
The device uses virtual pan and tilt technology, like Facebook’s Portal, which is useful if you want to move around a little while making video calls.
Amazon says there is a new octa-core processor inside the Echo Show 8 to power this feature and dual stereo speakers, along with an adaptive color screen that parallels the ambient lighting in the room.
Features also include using the camera to detect entering or leaving a room, such as turning lights on or off.
Alexa can also activate routines when he hears certain sounds, such as a dog barking or someone coughing.
Amazon stresses that this is an optional feature only, and it requires users to manually enter a code during setup to make sure they want to run it, and the device detects the human form locally.
Amazon also allows all Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5 devices to turn on Alexa Security Mode, so you can view the cameras remotely from your phone.
Echo Show 8 gets new augmented reality effects for Amazon’s video chat service, including reactions, such as full screen with hearts or setting custom default backgrounds.
As for the smaller and more popular Echo Show 5, the upgrades bring double camera resolutions, from one megapixel to two.
Amazon designed a version of the Echo Show 5 for children, and the device contains child-friendly home screen features, a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids Plus, and a two-year warranty against any damage.
All three versions of the Echo Show should be immediately available to order, but shipping may take a few weeks until June.
Amazon reduced the price of the new Echo Show 5 by $ 5 to $ 85, while the price of the Echo Show 8 remained at $ 130, while the Echo Show Kids 5 sold for $ 95.
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