Amazon has launched Echo Show 8 Alexa powered smart display in India. It is available in Black and White color options. Echo Show 8 is priced at Rs 12,999, but the device is available at a limited period launch price of Rs. 8,999. Echo Show 8 is available for pre-order on the Amazon India website, and it will be released on February 26, 2020.
Echo Show 8 comes with an 8-inch HD touchscreen display and two 2-inch (52 mm) neodymium 10W stereo speakers with a passive bass radiator. The device runs on the MediaTek MT 8163 processor. It is equipped with a one-megapixel front-facing camera and four mics. For privacy concerns, the device has a switch to turn on or off the camera shutter. It also has a button to turn off the mic and camera. A 30W power adapter is included in the box to power the device.
Echo Show 8 supports video calling, voice calling, and messaging via Skype, or with other Echo Show devices, or the Alexa app. It supports streaming videos from Amazon Prime Video and Voot. Music streaming apps such as Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, JioSaavn, Gaana, Apple Music, and Hungama are also supported. Users can easily manage and control smart devices with voice commands using Alexa.
Echo Show 8 supports Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networks. It does not support connecting to peer or Ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks. For Bluetooth connectivity, it supports Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for audio streaming from mobile devices to Echo Show 8 or from Echo Show 8 to another Bluetooth speaker, and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices.
Earlier this month, Amazon has launched Alexa powered Echo Auto in India. Echo Auto brings Alexa to your car and connects through a 3.5 mm auxiliary cable or a Bluetooth connection to the car’s stereo system.