What is the Latest Echo Show? [January 2021]
Amazon’s Echo Show line is an incredibly useful and popular home assistant. Similar to other technology, the release of a new Echo Show is exciting because there are new features and functions with every model. Amazon does an excellent job of making consumer’s lives easier, and the Echo Show is another welcome addition.
We know there’s an Echo Show 10 coming at some point, but Amazon has yet to let us know when. The Echo Show 10 will be “more” in every sense of the word. Yes, it will cost $249 which is more than the current latest available model than the Echo Show 8, but it does have a 10 inch HD screen that rotates as you move. We’re excited to see all of the neat features this new addition has when it’s released and we’ll update this article when it does. But, for now, we’ll review the current models you can buy today.
The Echo Show 8 is the newest available model and it is often referred to as the “Middle Child” of the Amazon Echo line. The Echo Show 5 is a lower-cost device with a smaller screen and fewer features.
The Echo Show 2nd Gen is a higher-priced option with better sound quality. The release of the Echo Show 8 is exciting because it offers great audio for smaller to mid-size rooms with most of the features of other models.
Echo Show 8 Overview
At a retail price of $130 (you can probably find it on sale at Amazon’s website), the Echo Show 8 is available at many well-known retailers including Amazon.
The Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s latest smart display/speaker with an 8-inch screen. The 1,280X800 Pixel LED-LCD screen offers the same resolution as the 2nd Generation Echo Show.
Using voice control, you can manage other devices in your smart home, from security cameras and lighting to thermostats. There is an option to display albums from Amazon photos on your screen, while also allowing in-depth customization of your home screen.
Echo Show 8 is compatible with the following in-home smart devices:
- hue – A brand that controls indoor lighting
- nest – For in-home automation
- ring – Best known for their smart doorbells and security systems
- SmartThings – Home automation systems
- Wink – Smart home automation
Although Echo Show 8 is not a “hub,” it does allow you to communicate with these devices through the display or with the Alexa voice assistant.
Food Network Features
Echo Show 8 can teach you how to cook with Food Network features. You can say things like:
- “Alexa – Open Food Network kitchen.”
- “Alexa – Show me, cooking classes.”
- “Alexa – Show me recipes.”
The list is endless but perfect for the kitchen, Echo Show 8 is ideal for those who love to cook!
Alexa and the Echo Show 8 can keep your schedule on track and help you prepare for the day. This device will let you set calendar reminders, check the weather and traffic routes, and even start your car!
Echo Show for Entertainment
With Voice Assistant features; you can ask Alexa to play movies, TV shows, news, sports games, or music.
Alexa will play your favorite radio stations, podcasts, and even audiobooks. There is a command to get any of your friends on a video call, as long as they have the Alexa app and a compatible device.
Echo Show 8 – Keeping You in Touch
Alexa offers features such as voice and video calling. With a 1-megapixel front camera, you can video chat with a simple voice command.
All you have to do is set up the feature using your phone and you can video chat anyone who has a compatible smartphone application or the Echo Show.
To set up this feature:
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone
- Click on the Calling/Messaging tab at the bottom of the screen
- Grant permissions to link contacts
Once setup is complete you can say “Alexa – Call Mom” to initiate the call.
What’s really great about the new Echo Show 8 are the improved privacy features. You can now disconnect the microphone and camera with the press of a button and use the built-in shutter to cover up the camera.
Echo Show 8 Notable Features
Of course the Echo Show works great with Alexa. But, it also offers some really neat features you won’t get with other Echo Devices.
Echo Show Isn’t Just for the Kitchen
When we think of the Echo Show 8, we think of our kitchen assistant. The central spot of most homes, the Echo Show can give you recipes while you’re cooking (which is great for avoiding cross-contamination for lighting up your phone’s screen or turning the page in a cookbook). It can keep your family organized with quick reminders while helping you multitask by adding ingredients to your shopping list or setting timers.
But, it can add value to every room in your house. For example, Echo Show 8 is perfect for a home classroom or playroom. With Echo’s FreeTime feature, you can enable Alexa to work just for kids! Keeping them organized, entertained, and even helping them complete tasks on time, FreeTime is easily accessible through the Alexa app on your smartphone.
The Echo Show 8 can also help you to sleep, wake up, and even start your day which is perfect for bedrooms. With the screen dimming feature and Do Not Disturb, simply set it up on your nightstand. When Alexa wakes you up in the morning say “Alexa, add 5 more minutes to my alarm!”
Show Off Your Echo Show
With the digital screen, you can choose various backgrounds including your favorite photo albums. The Sleek design is less bulky than its predecessor meaning it will look nice in whatever room you choose to put it in.
All you need to do to change your background is open the Alexa app on your smartphone, click on devices, then click on the Echo Show you’d like to update. Review the list of options, link your Facebook account, or add an album.
Now, every time you walk past your Echo, you’ll get to see the things you love most!
Should I buy the Echo Show 5 or 8?
Although the Echo Show 5 has a lower price tag, there are some serious features in the 8 that you’ll be missing out on. With more screen landscape and better resolution, the Echo Show 8 is the better option.
One hidden benefit of the Echo Show 8 and the 2nd Gen model is the ability to watch Netflix. Although it’s not the easiest way to stream your favorite shows it can be done on these two models. If you’d like to stream Netflix on your Echo Show 8, we’ve got an article for that.
The increased audio capabilities make the 8 a better option for those who use the device for calling or music. If you’re looking for a smaller Echo Show for your nightstand or office desk then save the money and go with the 5.
How do I know my Show is listening?
Fortunately, the Echo Show devices will show a blue bar at the top. If Alexa is listening to you or there’s a “false wake,” you will see the recording indicator.
Can I turn off the camera when I’m not using it?
Absolutely. The Echo Show has a button to turn the camera off if you’re concerned about your privacy.
When will my Echo Show start listening to me?
The Echo Show software is designed to only record and listen to content after it has been prompted to do so. For example, saying “Alexa…” is your typical wake command. Once activated, Alexa will record your audio and save it to the cloud. You can delete these recordings through the Alexa app on your phone.