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Amazon Is Working On A New Echo With 7-Inch Screen

Update Date: Nov 30, 2016 05:47 AM EST

An Alexa-enabled speaker featuring a seven-inch touch display might be launched by Amazon as the company is currently working on the next Echo iteration. This speaker will be little larger than the predecessor and it would tilt upwards making easier for the users to read the display.

Amazon Echo's Knight And Alexa Combo

Business Insider reported that the device in development will be priced higher that the Echo. In May this year, the company was reported to have been working on a computer that will feature Alexa. This is said to be "tablet-like" bearing the "Knight" moniker, which will supplement the visual experience to Alexa's audio capability.

The Echo is among Amazon's few runaway hits in the hardware business. It seems that there is a fusion of the Echo and the popular Fire tablets that Amazon sells today.

This device might be announced by the first quarter of 2017, The Verge reported. As the new version of Echo will be controlled while using Alexa, this device will be able to pull up news, weather forecast and other content through the 7-inch touch screen.

Amazon Echo Functions And Capabilities

Amazon Echo is among the most popular smart home appliances available in the market, Fortune reported. Amazon Echo was released in 2014 as an entertainment device and a smart hub for controlling other home appliances. The device have the ability to turn the light on or off and adjust a thermostat just by tapping and voice commands. It can also play a music through its speakers and can also read audiobooks.

Other Emerging Competitors

This device is the best seller on Amazon site, although competitors are also emerging. This year Google announced an Amazon Echo competitor, the Google Home. Though the Google device is not exactly an equivalent of Amazon Echo but it does feature many of the same features. Apple is also reported to be working on an Echo-like smart home device.

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