Amazon on Wednesday announced a compact version of its Echo Show smart speaker featuring a smaller display and a sub-$90 price point.
The aptly-named Echo Show 5 packs a 5.5-inch display, an HD camera and a speaker to help you get the most out of Alexa. Its footprint is far smaller than that of the standard Echo Show, closer to a modern smartphone than a tablet.
Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said the compact form factor is perfect for a bedside table or desk.
The Echo Show 5 also addresses recent privacy concerns related to smart speakers with the inclusion of a button that electronically disconnects both the microphone and camera. There’s also a built-in camera shutter that allows you to physically cover the camera yet still converse with Alexa and a visual indicator to show when audio or video is being sent to the cloud.
Amazon is additionally introducing new ways to delete recordings on all Alexa-enabled devices. Simply say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” and the deed will be done. Soon, you’ll also be able to have Alexa delete what you just said.
Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is available to pre-order from today in black or white color schemes for $89.99. Look for it to ship on June 26 in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the US, the UK, Spain, Japan and New Zealand.