- Amazon is working on a wall-mounted Echo display, Bloomberg reports.
- The device will act as a smart home command center, controlling lights, locks and music.
- Amazon may debut the new device as soon as the end of 2021 and can price it between $ 200 and $ 250.
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Amazon is building a wall-mounted Echo unit that will serve as a smart home control center, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Amazon’s internal hardware division is working on a new device with either a 10- or 13-inch screen that attaches directly to the wall and acts as a command center for a user̵
Amazon plans to debut the new device in late 2021 or late 2022 and can price it between $ 200 and $ 250, although Bloomberg notes that these plans may change or be canceled altogether.
An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.
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Amazon already offers three Echo devices with screens: Echo Show 10, Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5, which have 10-inch, 8-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. The Echo Show, which costs $ 250 at the high end, is designed to sit on a bench or table top, but third-party accessory manufacturers make wall mounts for the device.
Amazon has also been offering digital screen tablets since 2011 and currently sells seven versions, although the largest also has a 10-inch screen.
While some of Amazon’s other Echo devices can also be mounted on the wall, the only other Amazon-produced device is designed to hang on a wall Echo Wall Clock, a kitchen clock that connects to an Echo device and can be used to track digital timers or set the time automatically.
Bloomberg notes that Amazon’s new device will compete with smart, professionally installed home control displays, as well as Apple’s iPad, which can also be mounted on the wall or framed in the wall.