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If you missed the chance to grab the new Echo Show 8 during Amazon’s Prime Day event in July, you may want to check the smart display’s listing on Amazon. It’s currently on sale for $100, $30 less than its original retail price of $130. That’s only $5 more than what it was listed for during Prime Day, and it’s certainly not a bad deal for a relatively new device that was only released in June.
We gave the Echo Show 8 a score of 87 in our review. Between this device and its smaller 5-inch sibling, it received more upgrades from the previous generation, including a faster octa-core processor. It also has a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera that’s a huge improvement over the previous version’s one-megapixel sensor. The smart display uses digital panning and zooming to follow you around during calls, and it worked well enough when we tested it out. It even works with every video calling platform the device supports, including Skype and Zoom.
Aside from its faster processor and better camera, we praised the Echo Show 8 for its minimalist design and its 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution display. It lacks the 3.5 mm jack of its predecessor that will let you connect it to a speaker, but it already has a powerful bass and impressive volume. The device’s overall sound quality is also better than its smaller sibling’s, since it has two speakers instead of one.
We found the Echo Show 8 a great digital photo frame that’s capable of displaying current time and weather conditions during our tests. In addition, we found it helpful in the kitchen, thanks to its large library of recipes with step-by-step instructions from sources that include the Food Network and Allrecipes. And in case you want to use the smart display to watch videos, you can do so, as well, since it supports video streaming from Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu.
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