Along with that security update, the Show 8’s new 13-megapixel camera also gets a wide-angle view which allows you to be kept in the shot of your video calls as you move around the room. The upgraded also camera automatically pans and zooms while you’re on video calls, so everyone stays centred in the frame.
The 8-inch screen has also been tweaked with it getting adaptive colour which changes depending on the conditions in the room.
A new and more powerful octa-core processor should help the visuals stay silky-smooth and there are dual stereo speakers for clear, balanced sound.
So that’s the new Echo Show 8 but Amazon is also improving the cheaper and smaller Show 5 as well with an upgraded HD camera that gets double the pixels and there are more colourful designs to choose from when you pop it in your online shopping basket.
Like all Echos, the new Show devices can switch on lights, ramp up the heating and remind you of events simply by asking Alexa.
“Customers love using Echo Show to stay in touch and in the past year have made nearly three times the number of video calls globally than the year prior,” said Eric Saarnio, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU. “With these new Echo Show devices, we focused on creating experiences that would add even more value to our customers — bringing a powerful camera and digital pan and zoom capabilities to the new Echo Show 8, upgrading the Echo Show 5 camera, and adding the ability to securely access the built-in camera to check in on home when you’re away.”
Amazon says pre-orders start today from Amazon.co.uk as well as Argos, Currys PC World, John Lewis and Very.co.uk. Echo Show 5 is also available at Tesco. Devices will begin shipping next month.
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