UPDATED 14:31 EDT / FEBRUARY 09 2021


Amazon reportedly planning a wall-mounted Echo device for smart homes

Amazon.com Inc. is working on a wall-mounted Echo device that will act as a command-and-control center for smart homes, according to a report published by Bloomberg today.

The device, developed and designed by the company’s Lab126 hardware division, would be a digital command center capable of controlling lights, locks, music, temperature and other elements of the smart home using voice and touch screen.

Voice control would also extend to Amazon’s smart agent Alexa, meaning that it would potentially anticipate users’ needs and desires regarding the control of connected smart devices throughout the home. The report also mentioned that the device would include microphones and cameras so that users could participate in remote videoconferencing or intercom within the household.

Amazon appears to intend to consider multiple variations of the device with screens ranging between 10 to 13 inches. The 10-inch display would be in line with the current Echo Show, while a 13-inch model would be Amazon’s largest model with a display.

Amazon intends to launch it either by the end of the year or by the end of 2022, sources in the company told Bloomberg. Prices could range from $200 to $250, but it’s still early in the prototype stage, so these details are still in flux.

Amazon already offers three Echo devices with displays, not wall-mounted: the Echo Show 10, the Echo Show 8 and the Echo Show 5, which support 10-inch, 8-inch, and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. The Echo Show 10 costs $250 at the high end and sits on a countertop, but it can be turned into a wall-mounted device with third-party accessories.

This reported device would compete with other smart home control displays such as Apple Inc. iPads framed in wall mounts and displays from Control4 Corp.

Multiple other news sources contacted Amazon and the company has declined to comment.

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