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Is This the Touchscreen Amazon Echo?

Amazon recently announced an Echo with a built in camera called the Echo Look. Soon, it could be launching a device with a camera and a touchscreen.

Credit: EVLeaks

(Image credit: EVLeaks)

If rumors are to be believed, a small image found by AFTVnews on Amazon's servers is the first look we're getting at the company's newest Alexa-enabled device. EVLeaks also found some higher-resolution images, which show the device in more detail, as well as the fact that it will come in white or black.

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The image appears to show a wedge-shaped device with a speaker, a rectangular touchscreen and possibly a small camera along the top.

There's good reason to believe that this photo is the real deal. AFTVnews found a photo of the Echo Look in a similar manner, by crawling Amazon's site for information about upcoming products. Also, Cnet reported in late April that Amazon could launch an Echo with a screen in the next month.

If the image is accurate, it looks like the touchscreen Echo (Echo Touch, perhaps?) could be used as a sort of small bedside companion, such as a smart alarm clock. In addition to delivering news, weather, and other information, the camera suggests it could also be used as a communication device, too.

The touchscreen Echo would join the growing stable of Amazon's other Alexa-enabled devices—the Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, and Echo Look—as well as third-party speakers such as the Jam Voice, as well as the Ecobee4 smart thermostat.

Mike Prospero

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing the smart home, drones, and fitness/wearables categories. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine or some other cooking gadget.

  • Nei1
    I never bought the paranoia about laptop webcams secretly sending pictures of me as I pick my nose. But a bedside Echo with a webcam watching me continuously while I sleep, or whatever?