The screen can also display photo slideshows, and give visual feedback to a range of other voice commands.
The Echo Show will launch in the United States in June and will enable users to make video calls as well as view photos and video using voice commands.
Amazon has revealed another variant of its Alexa voice-controlled personal assistant - the Echo Show.
Pre-orders start today for $229.99 from Amazon and the product ships on June 28th. The interface looks much better too, with a cleaner and simpler design.
What's new on the Amazon Echo Show? For example, it can show a week's worth of events on a user's calendar rather than reading off the schedule for the day, or show YouTube cooking tutorials rather than simply adding ingredients to a shopping list.
However, new Echo Show owners aren't the only ones that will be able to take advantage of hands-free voice calling using Alexa.
Other specifications of the Echo show include - a 5-megapixel camera on top of the display for video calling, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi support, and an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor. Just ask Alexa to make a call and it's done.
It's not clear if third-party Alexa devices will be included in the voice calling and messaging network.
For news and information you can see and hear, just ask Alexa for your video flash briefing from CNN, Bloomberg, and more.
Amazon is extending its Echo and smart virtual assistant Alexa ambitions with the debut of the Echo Show.
It's hard to miss the headline feature of the Echo Show. The Echo Show can contact anyone who has the Alexa app and the service is completely free. You can only call someone with an Echo, Echo Dot, and any device with the Alexa app. As long as you have the Alexa app on your phone you can make and receive calls to and from an Echo Show.
Arlo is another Wifi-connected security camera that can be used indoors, like in the baby's room, or for outdoor security around your home. You can control lights, adjust the thermostat, view camera feeds, and it does seem to do things that are helpful and that were not possible on the Echo speaker because of the lack of a touchscreen. So, you can use the feature to stay in touch with your parents and so on.
After this next move from Amazon further evolving the role of its Alexa-based central speaker, competitors like Google Home, and the reported upcoming Siri-powered speaker from Apple will have their work cut out.