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Amazon updates Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8 with better cameras

13 May 2021 0

Amazon has silently refreshed Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 devices in the United States. Both of these smart display devices have entered their second generation. These are largely similar to the previous generation but with a few improvements. The major difference is in the camera quality that has been upgraded significantly. The team has also launched Echo Show 5 Kids Edition which is aimed at kids.

Amazon Echo Show 8

Starting with the Echo Show 8 (2021), Amazon has packed it with the same 13-megapixel camera sensor with a 110-degree field of view that we see on the elder sibling Echo Show 10. There is also a new octa-core processor that works with the new camera to deliver the follow mode. It is a mode that basically tracks user movement and keeps them in the center of the frame. It is beneficial during video calls where you might be moving around in the house and it will ensure that recipients always get a good look at you.

A new software feature on the device can automatically enable pre-select routines like turning on the lights just when you enter the room. This is an optional feature and a user will need to enter a PIN code to enable it. Amazon says all of the human body detection processing happens locally. The device can further be used as a security camera for the house by connecting it with Alexa's security mode. It will let you check the device's camera feed directly on your smartphone.

Amazon has added a physical privacy shutter for the camera. It can be used for covering up the camera sensor when you are not using it. The overall design of the device is the same as the predecessor and it even has dual speakers. The new Echo Show 8 has been priced at $129.99 with an option to choose between Charcoal Gray and White color options.

Amazon Echo Show 5

The new Echo Show 5 now has a 2-megapixel camera as compared to just 1-megapixel on the predecessor. The team has not offered the follow mode support with this device. This is the only noteworthy difference in terms of features. However, the good thing is that Amazon has dropped the Echo Show 5 pricing to $84.99.

Additionally, Amazon has launched Echo Show 5 Kids Edition with a special focus on kids. It has the same features and specs as the standard variant but comes with one year of free Amazon Kids Plus subscription. It further offers two years of protection from damage done by kids. In terms of appearance, the team has added a unique pattern fabric that makes it stand apart. It will cost you $94.99 which is $10 extra than the standard version.



Amazon updates Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8 with better cameras
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