Amazon’s new motorized Echo Show 10 — announced last fall at its annual hardware event — finally has a release date of February 25th, with preorders starting today for $249.99. The smart display was originally announced for a late-2020 release date.
Unlike Amazon’s other Echo Show smart displays, the Echo Show 10 has a motorized base that allows the display to swivel around to face you whenever you’re interacting with it. It also uses its rotational abilities (together with digital zooming and panning) to keep users centered in the frame on video calls, even when they’re moving around. Notably, Amazon supports Zoom in addition to its own Alexa group calling features, making it a potentially useful tool for videoconferencing.
Similarly, the screen can rotate when playing video from services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, allowing you to always be able to see your show. The display on the new device can also be manually tilted up and down, although the 10-inch “HD” panel is still largely the same.
The Echo Show 10 doesn’t use its camera setup for facial recognition, though. It can tell when someone is talking and face them, but it can’t determine specific people.