Amazon is developing a thin Echo device for users to mount on the walls and use as a “smart home command center”, according to a report in Bloomberg. The device can come with a 10- or 13-inch touch screen and be able to control smart home devices, play music and videos and video chat thanks to a built-in camera. Of course, it is also said to include Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.
Wall mounting a display unit can give owners more options for where in the house to place it, instead of having to find an empty space on a table or desk. Amazon has experimented with wall-mounted Echo devices before, as with Amazon Echo wall clocks, and it is also possible to wall-mount other Echo devices using third-party accessories. But none of the previous Echo Shows are specifically designed for wall mounting. Bloomberg says it is much slimmer as a result.
According to Bloomberg, the unannounced device could be sold for between $ 200 and $ 250, and released at the end of either 2021
When contacted for comment, an Amazon spokesman said the company did not comment on rumors or speculation.
Updated February 9, 09:12 AM ET: Updated with Amazon’s response.