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Showtime for Amazon's new Alexa touchscreen speaker

Amazon shows off its new take on FaceTime.

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Amazon's newest Alexa gadget is a touchscreen speaker called the Echo Show. Click through to see the sorts of things it can, you know, show you.

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New design

The addition of a touchscreen obviously meant Alexa needed a whole new look. And here it is -- a 7-inch touchscreen display housed in a blocky little smart speaker.

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Hard lines

The new design ditches the cylindrical curvature of the Echo and Echo Dot. Instead, things are much more angular.

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Controls

The Echo Show has just three buttons up top. For everything else, you'll use the touchscreen, or your voice.

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Buttons

Those buttons are, from right to left: Volume up, volume down and a mute button that turns Alexa off.

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Rear view

You'll need to keep the Echo Show plugged in.

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Video calls

The marquee feature is video calls to other Alexa users. FaceTime-like chats are just an Alexa command away.

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Camera feeds

You can also ask to see the feed from select smart home cameras. Options from Nest, August, Logitech and the Netgear Arlo are all supported at launch.

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One viewing angle

You only get one fixed viewing angle and you can't reposition the built-in camera.

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YouTube

Aside from video chats, you can also stream YouTube videos, or movies from Amazon Prime Video.

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Skills

Skills from Uber, Starbucks, CNN and others take advantage of the Echo Show's new touchscreen, and more are on the way.

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Shopping

And yes, you can shop Amazon on this thing (duh).

All told, the Echo Show costs $230. Is it a worthy new Alexa flagship? Read our full review for the final verdict.

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