Amazon announces new Echo Show 8 with faster Alexa responses, room adapting audio

The new Echo Show 8 will start shipping next month

Amazon revealed its new Echo Show 8 at its recent hardware launch event. The new version of the device features a sleeker edge-to-edge display and a built-in smart home hub.

The smart home device has been upgraded with a centred camera and spatial audio processing. It sports a new room adapting feature that allows its audio playback to change depending on the environment the device is placed in.

The new Echo Show 8 home screen can also shift depending on where users are in relation to it thanks to new generative AI features. If you’re viewing the device from further away, you’re met with general information that can be expanded when you get closer.

The Echo Show 8 is also reported to feature Alexa responses that are 40 percent faster.

The device will be available for $149 USD (about $199 CAD). MobileSyrup can confirm that the Echo Show 8 will be available in Canada “next year.” There’s currently no information regarding Canadian pricing.

The last Echo Show 8 refresh was back in 2021.

During its event, Amazon also revealed an updated version of Alexa that takes advantage of generative AI. For all of our stories from Amazon’s keynote, follow this link.

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