Amazon is finally bringing the Echo Show smart display to India. As the name suggests, the Echo Show is an Echo smart speaker with a display. The 10.1-inch Echo Show that also has a smart home hub inside has been launched in India at a price of Rs 22,999 – Amazon is also bundling a 9.5W Philips Hue smart bulb at no extra charge for early bird buyers.
“Today, we're making this voice-first experience better by introducing Echo Show which provides an enhanced audio-visual experience. The large screen size will increase utility and make it even easier to ask Alexa to show you things, no matter where you are in the room. And the room filling sound will make watching a music video, catching up on your favorite shows or listening to your favorite playlist more enjoyable," Parag Gupta, who heads devices at Amazon India said in a statement.
The 10.1-inch HD display adds plenty of new functionality to Amazon’s voice-only Echo – it can show you more information about your Alexa queries, play you videos, let you video chat (there’s a 5MP camera built-in), or simply use it as a smart photo frame. The Echo Show is notably the first full-on smart display product in India – earlier Amazon brought the Echo Spot to India which is sort of a mini smart display with a smaller rounded screen. Amazon was also the first to bring smart voice speakers to India – with Google following later.
Moving on, the Echo Show comes with Dolby-powered speakers "to deliver expansive stereo sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs" along with eight microphones so it can "can hear you even in noisy environments or while playing music."
It has a familiar fabric design (available in black and white) and of course, Alexa at its core. Alexa made its India debut in October 2017 with 10,000 Skills and in less than 60 days of the Alexa India skill store going live, Amazon had added more than 1,000 new Skills to the store. In the last one year, it has doubled its Skill count – increasing its functionality furthermore.