Amazon’s 2nd-gen Echo Show offers better cameras, CPUs, and speakers

Amazon launched hardware upgrades for its Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 products on Wednesday; the new versions have higher-resolution cameras and upgraded CPUs. There’s also a new Echo Show 5 Kids, but the Echo Show 10 did not get a hardware refresh.

If you aren’t familiar with the product line, the Echo Show is essentially an Amazon Echo smart speaker with a screen on it. The devices can be used as digital clocks, videoconferencing solutions, screens for Amazon Ring doorbells, and more—each Show device is basically an Alexa-controlled Fire HD tablet, with all the capabilities that implies.

Amazon points out the privacy controls on these devices, taking what certainly looks like a swipe at Google’s competing Nest and Home devices