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Amazon Upgrades Echo Show Models With Smart Display And Camera Features

In the calm before the Google I/O ’21 storm, Amazon has made a preemptive strike and announced upgrades to the Echo Show 8, the Echo Show 5, and unveiled an all-new Echo Show 5 Kids. The Echo Show 8 has long been one of the fan favorites, but this new model brings to the table a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera that keeps you centered in the frame, even if you move around. The 8-inch, high-definition adaptive color display makes it easier to see everything from family members to recipes.

Another upcoming Alexa feature will let you set up routines that trigger when it detects you entering or leaving a room, such as switching lights on or off. Alexa will also be able to activate routines when it hears certain sounds, like a dog barking or someone coughing. You’ll need to opt-in to use these features.

The included dual stereos make the new Echo Show 8 a bit of an entertainment powerhouse. Alexa can take you on a tour of everything that is available on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hulu, or you can just ask her to play your favorite songs through Amazon Music, Spotify, and even Apple Music. The best part? The Echo Show 8 retains its original price point of $130.

The Echo Show 8 isn’t the only smart display getting some love, though. The Echo Show 5 has long needed some attention. The compact, more budget-friendly Echo Show option now has an upgraded HD camera that can act as a security camera when you’re away from home. The new Echo Show 5 costs $85.

Finally, the Echo Show 5 Kids packs all of the features you expect in a kid-focused Echo device into a new, fun package. The home screen can be customized with a slew of different kid-friendly clock themes, and the alarm can be set to wake kids up to the sound of their favorite characters.

Kids can ask Alexa for help with their homework and make video calls to (parent-approved) contacts. They can also listen to Audible books, their favorite music, and play educational games like Name That Animal and more. The Echo Show 5 Kids includes a one-year subscription to the Amazon Kids+ service and a two-year worry-free guarantee. In other words, if it breaks, Amazon will replace it. The Echo Show 5 Kids will cost $95. Preorders on all three of these devices begin today, with shipping scheduled to start next month. All of these models have a privacy shutter you can close to block the camera. You can also use the Echo Show 5 and 8 as remote cameras that you can monitor through the Alexa app when you’re away from home.

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