Amazon Echo Show

Amazon at the moment unveiled a touch-screen model of its Echo machine, dubbed the Echo Present.

The Present, out there in white or black, is available for pre-order now for $229.99, and is predicted to reach on June 28. When you purchase two or extra Echo Present units, get $100 off with the “SHOW2PACK” code.

Based on Amazon, the Echo Present “brings you the whole lot you like about Alexa, and now she will be able to present you issues. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, safety cameras, images, climate forecasts, to-do and buying lists, and extra. All hands-free—simply ask.”

Amazon Echo Show

The Echo Present sports activities a 7-inch contact display screen and a 5-megapixel front-facing digicam for video calls. It weighs about 2.5 kilos and is available in at 7.four by 7.four by three.5 inches. It runs an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor.

With Echo Present, faucet into the companies you’d in your Echo speaker—from music (Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn) to the day’s information. You may also hyperlink it up with sensible house units from corporations like Ring, WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, ecobee, and Wink and use Echo Present as a surveillance digicam of kinds (“Alexa, present me the youngsters’ room.”)

Since Amazon unveiled its voice-controlled Echo speaker in 2014, it has launched smaller, supplementary Echo units with the Dot (video beneath) and Faucet. Clones have popped up, principally notably the Google Home, the Lenovo Smart Assistant, and—simply this week—the Cortana-backed Harman Kardon Invoke.

Apple has to date stayed out the house; Phil Schiller recently said any Echo-like machine in all probability wanted a contact display screen, so we’ll need to see if Cupertino decides to offer the Echo Present a run for its cash.