Amazon announced the newest addition to the Echo family – Echo Show 5. With its compact design, 5.5-inch display, rich sound, HD camera, and built-in camera shutter – all for only £79.99
“Since we launched the first Echo Show device, customers have told us that they love asking Alexa to show them things – whether it’s asking for their favourite recipes to cook along with, their shopping list, or music lyrics. 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,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, VP Amazon Devices EU. “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 that are coming soon to the UK for even more control.”
Compact Design for Rich Entertainment
With rich and full sound, Echo Show 5 is great for watching music videos from Vevo or for listening to your favourite songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn and more. Simply say, “Alexa, play my dinner playlist” to play music for your dinner party, and follow along with on-screen lyrics from Amazon Music.
Echo Show 5 makes it easy to catch up on your favourite shows from Prime Video, or short news clips from Reuters, BBC News, RTÉ and more. Coming soon, a new integration with wikiHow allows you to access hundreds of how-to videos by voice – all you have to do is ask to learn how to meditate, how to cut up a mango or how to open a tight jar.
New Ways to Control Your Smart Home
A new smart home dashboard on all Echo Show devices gives you even more control over compatible smart home devices and groups. You can also view your smart home camera feed and thermostats, access recently used devices, and manage smart devices by group.
With the Arlo baby camera, just say, “Alexa, show me the nursery camera,” to check on your baby when your hands are full. Echo Show 5 also has two-way talk functionality with Ring doorbell cameras. Simply say, “Alexa, answer the front door,” when the doorbell rings or the camera detects motion and you’ll be able to see and talk to whoever is at the front door.
Wake Up and Wind Down with Alexa
Now, there are even more ways to customise your morning and evening routines with Alexa. Set a nighttime routine that turns off your bedroom lamp and starts playing sleep sounds for relaxation. When your alarm goes off in the morning, wake up to an Alexa Sunrise – the screen on Echo Show devices will naturally brighten and display a sunrise animation before your alarm goes off. You can also create a routine that starts your coffee machine 10 minutes after your alarm goes off, or one that gives you weather forecast and morning news when you say “Alexa, start my day.”
Personalise Your Experience
Choose from all-new clock faces or add a personal photo from your latest vacation to make the home screen unique to you and your family. Plus, the new ambient lighting mode auto-adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the brightness of the room – so it’s never too bright or too dark. To get even more from your Alexa experience, swipe left from the far right side of the screen to access shortcuts and discover all that Alexa can do – from smart home controls to recipes, reminders, skills and more.
Connect with Family and Friends
Stay in touch with your closest friends and family with hands-free video calls to those who have an Echo Spot or Echo Show device, the Alexa App, or Skype. Plus, with Echo Show 5 in multiple rooms of your home, you can easily drop in on another room or make an announcement that dinner is ready.
Skills for the Screen
There are already thousands of visual skills from third party developers available on Echo Show devices. Play your favourite TV game shows like Pointless or Deal or No Deal, discover what to watch on TV with the TV Guide skill or get help studying for your driving test with the Driving Theory Test skill. To learn more about skills, you can say “Alexa, show me skills”.
Privacy by Design
Echo devices are built with multiple layers of privacy protections. As with all Echo Show devices, the new Echo Show 5 includes a microphone/camera off button that electronically disconnects both the microphone and camera, and a clear visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to the cloud. Plus, Echo Show 5 has a built-in camera shutter so now you can easily cover the camera, while still being able to talk to Alexa.
Amazon is also introducing new, even easier ways to delete your voice recordings on all Alexa-enabled devices – all you have to do is ask. Coming soon, customers will be able to say “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today” and the respective recordings will be deleted. Plus, a new Alexa Privacy Hub will offer a single source of information on how Echo devices are designed as well as the controls you have over your Alexa experience.
Pricing and Availability
Echo Show 5 is available in Charcoal and Sandstone for £79.99. You can also choose to purchase a magnetic stand that lets you tilt the device to adjust the viewing and camera angles for only £19.99. Both are available for pre-order today at www.amazon.co.uk/echoshow5 and will start shipping in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia next month, and to India in July. Coming soon, it will also be available in Mexico.