• SENSEX
    NIFTY 50
big story

Decoding Lok Sabha election results 2019: 6 reasons how the verdict became a pro-incumbency vote

272/543
L :35
W :318
L :9
W :81
NDA :353 | Need More Seats to win
Need 191 More Seats to win | UPA : 90
LOK SABHA ELECTION RESULTS 2019
Total Constituencies
543
Voter Turnout
67.11%
NDA : 353
2014 : 354 Seats
BJP
302
+
SS
18
+
Other
33
UPA : 90
2014 : 66 Seats
INC
51
+
DMK
23
+
Other
16
OTH : 99
2014 : 107 Seats
YSRCP
24
+
TMC
22
+
Other
53
VIDEOS
Technology

New Echo Show comes with bigger display, better speakers

Updated : April 26, 2019 02:52 PM IST

Amazon decided to house its smart assistant Alexa in a speaker a couple of years back. Since then Alexa has become a household name that sits insides the tech giant’s Echo speakers. Now, in an attempt to add a face to that name, the tech giant has launched a new Echo Show.

DESIGN

The new and improved second generation Echo Show from Amazon packs in a bigger display, better speakers and a modular design. Its predecessor, the first Echo Show was launched back in 2017 with a 7-inch screen. At first this might look like those digital photo frames in terms of design, but of course these babies are far smarter. Amazon has thrown in a 10.1-inch display this time around on the new Echo show and to maintain the aesthetics, the speaker has been fitted on the sides and back with a neat fabric finish. Great call by the design team here.

PERFORMANCE

The display is rich in terms of colours and supports great viewing angles. However, the lack of a full HD display on this device stands out after a point. In terms of performance, the speakers pack in a good bass and can easily fill up a large room.

DROP IN FEATURE

Apart from the audio and video capabilities, Amazon has thrown in a 5-megapixel camera on the Echo Show that lets you video chat with other Echo Show devices or actually anyone that has the Alexa app on their phone. At this point this is more like an additional feature rather than something you just cannot live without. But the thought of a camera staring into your home or anyone calling you on video or ‘dropping in’, as Amazon like to call it, is an unsettling thought. Of course you can choose to disable this feature completely via the Alexa app.

SKILLS

Now Alexa responds well to skills and apps that are built by Amazon like Prime video and Music. It also works well for hands-free communication, reminders and even to walk through recipes. But when it comes to third party applications, it is still a work in progress. For instance, getting Alexa to play a YouTube video could be an uphill task and once that fired up, I wasn’t a fan of the interface. Of course these are still early days of smart speakers with displays and apps will have to be made exclusively for devices like Echo Show.

VERDICT

The new Echo Show is available in India for Rs 22,999. If you are a smart speaker user, you know that sometimes apart from audio, a visual feedback can enhance the overall experience of a smart assistant. Now in terms of pricing, yes this is a tad bit expensive, but if you are really invested in diving into the world of smart ecosystems and internet of things, then the Echo Show could be a great addition to your world.
primo org
Have you signed up for Primo, our daily newsletter?
It has all the stories and data on the market, business, economy and tech that you need to know.
cnbc two logos
To keep watching CNBC-TV18, India's No. 1 English Business News Channel, call your Cable or DTH Operator and subscribe now for just Rs. 4 per month. You can also subscribe to CNBC-TV18 Prime HD for Re 1/- per month.Find out more
Live TV