Amazon this morning announced a handful of updates to its Echo Show line of smart displays. Most interesting here is the addition of a pan and zoom camera to the mid-level Echo Show. The functionality is similar to those found on various Facebook Portal devices and Google’s premium Nest Hub Max.
Essentially, it’s designed to keep the subject in focus – Apple also recently introduced the similar features of Center Stage for the latest iPad Pro. It comes after Amazon introduced a much less subtle version in the Echo Show 10, which actually follows the topic by rotating the screen around the base. I know I’m not the only one who’s a little scared, seeing him in action.
The new feature arrives on the Show 8’s 13-megapixel camera, which is paired with a built-in physical shutter – a mainstay as Amazon seeks to stay one step ahead of privacy conversations. The eight-inch HD display is powered by an upgraded octa-core processor and paired with stereo speakers. The new Show 8 costs $ 130.
The other big news here is the arrival of the Echo Show 5 Kids – the only truly new product to the bunch. At $ 95, the kid-focused version of the screen includes a customizable home screen, colorful design, two-year crackle-free warranty, and a one-year Amazon Kids + membership.
There’s also a new version of the standard Show 5, with an improved HD camera, new colors, and additional software features. It costs $ 85. The new devices are on preorder today and start shipping later this month.