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(Pocket-lint) - Amazon has upgraded the Echo Show 8 with a new 13 megapixel wide-angle camera that incorporates pan and zoom. The tech is similar to that used on the Echo Show 10 - albeit with a stationary screen - as well as rival devices like the Facebook Portal lineup

The old Echo Show 8 camera was a single megapixel, but with the shift to video calling over the past 15 months or so, it's clearly time for an upgrade. As before it has a camera cover for privacy, but new is the fact it'll keep you centred within the frame when on calls.


We were big fans of the existing Echo Show 8 already (check out our Show 8 review) and this certainly adds to the appeal. The processor inside the Show 8 has also been given a boost, too and is now octa-core instead of quad-core.

The smaller Echo Show 5 HD camera has also been upgraded, doubling the pixels (we haven't yet go exact specs for this). There's also a new colour available alongside the now-traditional white and charcoal; Deep Sea Blue (pictured above). Again, you can check out our 2019 Show 5 review of the similar earlier version. 


You can pre-order the new devices immediately from Amazon and other retailers and they'll ship in June. 

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Writing by Dan Grabham.