Amazon’s $230 Echo Show adds a screen and video calling to your home assistant

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Alexa is the current king of the home assistant market, with options like the Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap being popular for users of all kinds. Today, Amazon is expanding that collection with a brand new product – the Amazon Echo Show.

The Echo Show packs the same great functionality as other Alexa devices, such as smart home controls, questions, to-do lists, and much more. The Show, however, adds on to what users can do by adding a touchscreen which enables some new perks.

Those include watching flash news briefings from select services, as well as streaming content from services such as YouTube and Amazon Instant Video. Music streaming is also available, with lyrics and album artwork displayed on-screen. Just like the standard Echo, the Show aims to fill a room with music with two speakers mounted up front. The overall size of the Show is also fairly small at 7.4” x 7.4” x 3.5” with the touchscreen coming in at 7″.

Amazon’s headlining feature with the Show, though, is video calling. Simply link up contacts and users can both send and receive calls on the show with other Alexa users. To make this easier for everyone, Alexa apps on Android and iOS will gain support for video calls, and other Echo hardware will gain the ability to do audio only calls. Users can also send messages with all three devices to other Alexa users. This functionality is available starting today.

The Amazon Echo Show is available now for pre-order on Amazon for $229 in either white or black. You can also purchase two units to save $100 on the bundle as well. Shipping starts on June 28th.