Amazon Announces a Smaller, Cheaper Echo Show

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Amazon, Smart Home with 6 Comments

Amazon today announced a smaller version of its Echo Show smart display that will retail for just $90 when it goes on sale in June.

“Since we launched the first Echo Show device, customers have told us they love asking Alexa to show them things, whether it’s a recipe for banana bread, their shopping list, or music lyrics,” Amazon senior vice president Tom Taylor says. “With Echo Show 5, we’ve made it even easier and affordable for customers to add a smart display to every room of their house. The compact form factor is perfect for a bedside table or desk, plus it has a camera shutter for added peace of mind, and new Alexa privacy features for even more control.”

Echo Show differs from the original Echo Show, which debuted two years ago and costs $230, in several key ways. As noted, it’s smaller, but it’s also more attractive with a less sharp-edged design and a 5.5-inch wide-screen, rather than square, display. Amazon notes that it sports a new smart home dashboard, but I assume that is coming to the larger Show as well.

From a privacy perspective, the Echo Show 5 includes a microphone/camera off button and a built-in camera shutter. But Amazon is also introducing new and simpler ways to delete your voice recordings on all Alexa-enabled devices as well. You can say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today” to delete all of the day’s recordings. And users will soon be able to delete their last request by saying, “Alexa, delete what I just said.”

Echo Show 5 can be preordered now and costs $90. It will become available on June 26, Amazon says.

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6 responses to “Amazon Announces a Smaller, Cheaper Echo Show”

  1. glenn8878

    It'll be perfect if it can connect to Ring Doorbell.

  2. harmjr

    I dont know why so expensive if you can get a cheap tablet for $40-$50 why not have it instead?

    • jchampeau

      In reply to harmjr:

      The president of Huawei said recently that they started out pricing their phones on a markup basis. They took their cost to build a phone, added X%, and then sold them at that price. They eventually shifted to a model where they determine the maximum amount a majority of phone shoppers would pay for their product and started selling them at that (much higher) price. I suspect Amazon uses that same "max price" model here.

    • bassoprofundo

      In reply to harmjr:

      For the use case (smart nightstand device/photo frame), this kind of thing is far superior. The mics, screen, and aesthetics are way better on a device like this. Put a cheap plasticky tablet in some goofy cradle on your nightstand and try yelling commands at it from the next room, and you'll see. :)

      Admittedly, it's a very "niche" use case, and I have a hard time seeing where anyone truly needs this kind of a device. If the use case matches what you want, though, it's worth the extra $$

  3. Patrick3D

    I wish these had better weather info on the standby screen, I need something more than a little cloud icon to know if it's going to rain. Today is a perfect example: the cloud icon on all my devices is "partly cloudy" but the actual weather is thunderstorms w/ a quarter inch of rain.

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