Did Amazon's new Echo Show just steal Apple's thunder?

Amazon has debuted its new Echo device in the form of the Echo Show; a smart speaker that includes a touchscreen and the capability to make calls.

Apple has gone on the offensive in the last few weeks, giving hints that a Siri-powered smart speaker would drop in the near future, and that such a device would include a touchscreen. Perhaps pre-emptively, then, Amazon has now introduced the Echo Show; its newest Echo device that supports a touch screen.
Where the recently announced Echo Look was all about fashion – the device serves as the flagship for Amazon’s Style Check service -the Echo Show is all about bringing touch interaction to Alexa.
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The Echo Show is somewhat more reminiscent of an intercom than the cylindrical speaker we’ve come to know, and the device leverages that form factor to handle voice and video calls. The unit features a 7″ screen with a presently undisclosed resolution, and comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with eight microphones.
The device will be able to facilitate calls between itself and other Alexa-powered devices; that includes not only Amazon’s other Echo units, but further smartphones such as the Huawei Mate 9 in the United States.
The Echo Show is set to retail for $229.99 USD from – of course – Amazon, and will ship on the 28th of June in either white or black. Take a gander at Amazon’s video introduction of the device below, where the company displays the unit in a variety of use cases.
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What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in a smart speaker with a touchscreen – like the Echo Show or Apple’s rumoured device – or do you prefer Amazon’s more conventional Echo units? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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