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Amazon Echo Show was announced in India with an HD display …

Today Amazon has announced its new smart speaker called Echo Show in India for a price of Rs 22,999 to add to its growing lineup of smart speakers in India.

This is the second generation of Echo Show smart speakers / displays and the device could be considered more of a tablet than a smart speaker. However, it comes with all the functionalities present in the Amazon echo, Echo Plus and Echo Mini.

‚ÄúCustomers across the country bought Echo devices and started their first voice journey with Alexa. Today, we are enhancing this voice experience by introducing the Echo Show, which provides an enhanced audiovisual experience, “said Parag Gupta, Director, Amazon Devices India.

The Echo Show has a 10-inch HD screen that allows the device to also display the user’s images instead of just listening to the audio. One could think of this as a larger version of the Echo Spot (Review). Amazon has said that Alexa’s skills have been optimized to help you request a trip to Ola, recipes from Sanjeev Kapoor, horoscope from Ganeshaspeaks, wisdom from Sadhguru, information from Aaj Tak, cricket update from ESPN Cricinfo, and more.

In terms of audio capabilities, the Echo Show has an eight-microphone array and “far-field” technology to differentiate your voice from ambient sound. On the sides of the screen, we see two side-firing 2-inch neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator, and Dolby processing.

Echo Show also has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, making it easy to connect all your smart home devices. Just say “Alexa, discover my devices” and the device will automatically discover and configure compatible bulbs and sockets without the need for additional hubs or apps.

There is also a 5 MP camera on the device that supports HD video calling and hands-free calling on Skype. There is also a built-in web browser that will open when you say “Alexa, open Firefox.

The Echo Show is available for sale starting today on Amazon eCommerce. website.

Separate offers include the Philips Hue bulb at no additional cost in the purchase of the Echo Show along with the rebate of Rs 2,000 on the purchase via Citibank credit and debit cards.

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