Released in April 2020, Echo Show 8 has just reappeared for a few days in a enhanced version soberly called Echo Show 8 (2021) 2nd generation. These are in fact two of the connected speakers with screens thatAmazon upgrades with the appearance of the new Echo Show 5 (2021).
This Show 8 upgrade focuses on video and video with a 13 Mpx camera (instead of 2), adaptive brightness and colorimetry, But also a more powerful processor.
Amazon Echo Show 8 (2021): a much better camera
True to its codes, Amazon offers us a Very Beautiful Blue Box! It is a box, it is blue and it is very beautiful. The emphasis remains the same, with the visual of the new Echo Show 8 (2021) and his name. Moreover, as it will replace the first generation, there is no concept of 2nd Gen, just “echo show 8”. You will find it well wedged in a cardboard made from recycled cellulose fibers from 98% ecoresponsibly managed forests.
It's always a pleasure to unbox a product Amazon : a smile is bound to be hidden somewhere! On the back you have examples of voice commands Alexa. On the sides, the main features.
You also have a 30W power supply with a connection of DC type and a cable with a length of 145 cm approximately. Two multi-language booklets (guarantees and quick start) are provided.
While the first generation was offered in anthracite or sand color, this reiteration is available this time. in anthracite and white. Yes, it's almost the same, except that the new Echo Show 8 (2021) uses 100% recycled fabric. Amazon is committed to the planet with an eco-design of its products and this new model is labeled Climate Pledge Firendly.
No change in dimensions, Echo Show (2021) still measures 200 x 135 x 99 mm (W x H x D) and always weighs a little moreone kilogram. Note that 30% of the plastics used come from post-consumer recycled plastics and 100% of the aluminum used is from recycled cast aluminum (device, cable and mains adapter included).
The design is therefore identical to that of its ancestor. Indeed, we find the8 '' HD LCD display, still not edge to edge, and the three buttons for physical control of the device (volumes and mute).
We find the "mute" button which mutes the microphone to respect your privacy. On this new generation, it also disables the camera and prevents the display of video on another device. If you want to be even more secure, you can also shut off the camera via a physical cover.
On the back, you will find the DC type mains connector and a micro USB plug but more 3,5mm jack type audio output. You will therefore connect to it via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
All in roundness, Echo Show 8 (2021) offers a visual harmony which does not leave indifferent. The only notable change is the lack of a 3.5 jack, which wasn't much use with this type of speaker anyway.
There are two important changes on Echo Show 8 (2021). The first is its octo-core processor MediaTek MT 8183 clocked at 2 GHz while the previous one was a 8163 GHz MediaTek MT 1,3 quad-core. So you have a more responsive and fluid device which theoretically supports Ultra HD, although this choice was not made by Amazon. The second is obviously the new 13 Mpx camera, a clear improvement since the previous version only benefited from 1 Mpx. Finally, this new opus offers a automatic management of brightness and colorimetry.
- Brand : Amazon
- Model : Echo Show 8 (2nd generation - 2021)
- Processor : MediaTek MT 8183
- Size : 200.4 x 135.9 x 99.1 mm
- Weight 1,037 kg
- Screen : 8 ″ touch screen
- Resolution : X 1280 800
- Camera : 13 MPX with integrated camera cover.
- Connectivity : 802.11a / b / g / n / ac dual-band Wi-Fi
- Connectivity Bluetooth : A2DP, AVRCP
- Audio : 2 x 10W 52mm neodymium speakers
- Bluetooth connectivity : A2DP, AVRCP
Echo Show 8 (2021): a 2nd generation perfect for video!
The installation of this new smart Alexa is very simple. Plug it in, enter your Wi-Fi credentials then those of your account Amazon… And There you go ! We are going to insist on video and visio, but start with the sound, even if it has not been modified.
No change, but it's so good that we can't resist the pleasure of telling you about it again, the best still being to watch our video on YouTube to get an idea. One thing is certain, you will indulge yourself with this stereo sound. The rear makes a sounding board so that the sound flow will be amplified and not distorted, although the bass will be a little more present than on other models.
You will have rich, detailed and harmonious tones with very good spatialization. Enough to set the mood for an average room (20 m²), although this is still a bit tight for larger areas.
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Even though the screen of this Echo Show 8 (2021) has not changed, some technical modifications allow it to be sublimated. We were talking to you earlier about'' luminous and colorimetric adaptability. But what is it, then ? Adaptive brightness isn't new and has been around on the Echo Shows for a while. It is vary the lighting from dark to very bright depending on the light atmosphere of the room. If you are in a brightly lit room, it will push the nits all the way so that the screen is always visible. Conversely, if you are in the dark, the screen will darken to prevent you from tanning while looking at it.
But managing only the brightness has limits because if you have a very bright or very dark screen, the details will be less visible because they are too dark or totally “washed out”, hence the idea of adaptive colorimetry. The screen therefore adapts constantly to the light atmosphere of the room, day and night. Thereby, details will be more visible by varying whites and colors and your screen will be able to draw on green, red or blue depending on the mood. It is a system that we had already been able to discover on Echo Show 10 and that you can deactivate if necessary.
Thanks to that, watching HD video on your Echo Show 8 (2021) is a real pleasure. The blacks are deep, the colors well marked, excellent contrasts and very well managed gradients. The extra power of the processor allows both smooth navigation within applications like Prime Video or Netflix, but also to enjoy video smoothly, smoothly ... deep sound with good bass, turn down the lights and it's movie night!
This is the feature mainly highlighted with this hardware update. First of all, we go from a starving 1 Mpx camera worthy of the worst tablets to 13 Mpx! And there, the video makes sense.
This is not all. To enable even more immersive video calls, the camera will not only frame the main subject (you or a group in front of the camera), but will also follow your movements. Be careful, it's not like on Echo Show 10 where the camera is running (they are fixed), but the software which zooms in and selects the area where the action takes place. It is really impressive to use. Be careful, however, not to keep moving constantly at the risk of giving your interlocutors seasickness. Note, moreover, that you can converse in video with up to 7 people.
You will see in our video test the ease with which the device follows the movements, zooms and zooms out smoothly. But beware, there may be a bug. During our tests, we had to deactivate and reactivate the option (easily via the call screen) in order to put it into operation.
“And there, the video makes sense. "
With the 13 MPX camera, your contacts will therefore have very good image quality. The rendering is really, finally, at the level of a device Amazon Echo. Of course, if they are using an Echo Show 5 with 1 Mpx (old generation) or 2 Mpx (new), it won't make much of a difference to you. However, be careful, you will of course need a good flow.
The other advantage of this new camera is that you can also activate the surveillance of your home by connecting to your Echo Show 8. And with 13 Mpx, you will finally have a real utility in using your device as a "camera. surveillance ”.
We refer you to our video to see this new generation in action. feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel and like the video of course!