Amazon upgrades the Echo Show 5 and 8’s cameras, rolls out an Echo Show 5 for kids
The new Echo Show 8 has a camera that can pan and zoom during video calls, while the second-gen Echo Show 5’s upgraded camera boasts twice the resolution of the original.
By Ben Patterson
TechHiveMay 12, 2021 7:38 am PDT
Amazon just took the wraps off its next-gen versions of the Echo Show 8 and 5 displays, which will arrive with familiar form factors but updated cameras, while a new Echo Show 5 for kids will offer parental controls and an eye-catching design.
Like the Echo Show 8, the Show 5 will also arrive with an upgraded camera, although the update is somewhat more modest: think two megapixels rather than just one for the original Show 5, which means you’ll need to pony up for the second-gen Show 8 for any panning or zooming.
Besides the new camera, the next-gen Show 5 will be getting a new color called “Deep Blue Sea,” in addition to the existing “Charcoal” and “Glacier White” flavors.
Echo Show 5 Kids
Finally, Amazon is unveiling a new “Kids Edition” of the Echo Show 5. Similar to the fourth-gen Echo Dot Kids, the $95 Echo Show 5 KidsRemove non-product link comes with pre-enabled parental controls along with a year’s subscription to the Amazon Kids+ Family Plan, which offers thousands of kid-oriented books, games, movies, and TV shows. The Kids+ Family Plan normally goes for $7 a month, or $69 a year.
The Echo Show 5 Kids also comes with a groovy green finish, the same 2MP camera as on the standard second-gen Echo Show 5, and a two-year rather than one-year warranty.
All three of the new Echo displays are slated to ship June 9, and we’ll have full reviews once we check out some sample units.