The new Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to be the ultimate digital photo frame

Amazon Echo Show 15 Lifestyle
Amazon Echo Show 15 Lifestyle (Image credit: Amazon)

What you need to know

  • Amazon launched the new Echo Show 15.
  • The device features a 15-inch 1080p display and can be mounted on a wall like a photo frame.
  • Amazon is also launching its new interface and widgets along with a new Visual ID.

Amazon has no shortage of impressive Echo devices in its repertoire, like the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) with its rotating display. However, the company's latest product is probably its most compelling. The new Amazon Echo Show 15 is a large smart display that can be mounted on a wall and double as a digital photo frame.

It features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, the largest among the best smart displays, and is powered by Amazon's next-generation Amazon AZ2 Neural Edge processor for faster, on-device speech recognition and processing.

Depending on your needs, you can have the Show 15 mounted on a countertop stand or up against the wall, and it rotates to fit your home decor and better match how you prefer to use it; as more of an entertainment hub or as a smart hub.

Amazon Echo Show 15 Lifestyle

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As far as entertainment goes, the Echo Show 15 has access to media from Prime Video, Netflix, or Hulu and will soon support Sling TV. It will also gain TikTok support soon, so the portrait orientation will come in handy.

The new Echo Show 15 will come with the new interface announced back in July, complete with brand-new widgets for at-a-glance organization. The widgets are customizable, so you can focus on what's most important for the family.

Amazon Echo Show 15 Lifestyle

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Speaking of family, the new Visual ID will automatically recognize you or members of your family to show relevant information, greetings, and updates based on who's around. It will even work for children, only displaying age-appropriate content when it recognizes kids that are enrolled, and it's completely optional. And of course, there are privacy features with camera and mic controls, a camera shutter, and the ability to delete voice recordings.

Along with Visual ID, the Echo Show's new AZ2 Neural Edge processor will also help make Alexa more aware of the environment thanks, allowing the virtual assistant to listen out for Custom Sounds. Thanks to enhanced on-device processing, the assistant can detect if the TV is on while you're away and turn it off, or close the garage door if you left it open, as long as they're Alexa-connected devices. And even if they aren't, you will still get alerts of these events. You can even teach Alexa to listen out for the sounds of various household appliances.

These new AI capabilities will also extend to Amazon's Ring products to visually recognize certain objects like the garage door or packages.

As a smart display, the new Echo Show 15 can do all the things you'd expect, from managing other smart home devices, multitasking, viewing media, and even video calling with the integrated 5MP camera. Amazon is clearly aiming for this to be the ultimate home hub for the family.

The Echo Show 15 will be available later this year for $250. The countertop and wall mounts will be available separately.

Derrek Lee
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Derrek is the managing editor of Android Central, helping to guide the site's editorial content and direction to reach and resonate with readers, old and new, who are just as passionate about tech as we are. He's been obsessed with mobile technology since he was 12, when he discovered the Nokia N90, and his love of flip phones and new form factors continues to this day. As a fitness enthusiast, he has always been curious about the intersection of tech and fitness. When he's not working, he's probably working out.