Amazon has launched Echo show smart speaker in India. The smart speaker is launched at Rs. 12,999. The device is now available for pre-order at a discounted launch price of Rs. 8,999, and will be shipped on February 26 and it can be pre-booked at the Amazon India website.
The Amazon Echo show 8 was launched globally September last year alongside other Echo-branded devices such as the Echo Buds and Echo Frames. The latest addition to the Amazon Echo family will feature an 8-inch HD-resolution touch screen, and house a built-in camera with shutter.
The latest device will also support stereo sound. The device can be primarily used for video calling, watching movies and TV shows. It will support the streaming apps like Amazon Prime Video, Voot and Apple Music. Like other Echo devices, the Echo Show 8 connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi and gives users access to Alexa, the company’s voice assistant. Apart from this, the smart speaker will also have Alexa voice assistant support. It will lock horns with Google’s Home Hub, a smart display speaker with a 7-inch display and built-in Google Assistant and costs Rs 9000.
The smart speaker also allows you to even send messages and instantly connect with people who have Echo devices with screens. The device also helps you in controlling your home, for example, you can ask Alexa to control the lights of your living room, switch on and off the Air Conditioner using smart plugs. Once you set up the smart home device, Alexa will automatically find and connect to your devices.
Thankfully, the screen and camera will use the Echo Show 8 for video calls and also use the camera for the popular drop-in feature that lets users quickly and seamlessly connect to their own Echo devices. There is also a physical shutter over the front camera, something that will come in handy for anyone with privacy concerns.
To test all the above-mentioned features, you need to connect the device to Alexa using the Alexa app on your smartphone. Apart from Echo Show 8, Amazon has three other devices with a display such as the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show, which are priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 22, 999.