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New Amazon Echo with touchscreen and video calling said to debut on Tuesday

  • A new Amazon Echo with a 7-inch touchscreen may debut as soon as Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal says
  • The Echo will reportedly cost more than $200
  • Amazon is said to roll out voice calling features to its Echo units in coming weeks

Amazon may announce a new Amazon Echo with a 7-inch touchscreen display and support for video calls as soon as Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal said on Monday afternoon that Amazon is gearing up to announce the new Echo, which has reportedly been in beta testing for "months."

The news comes on the heels of a new speaker announced by Microsoft on Monday, powered by the company's Cortana voice assistant, which offers similar functionality to Alexa. A new Echo could put a damper on Microsoft's news, particularly as Microsoft heads into its BUILD developer conference this week.

This may be the most expensive Echo Amazon has launched to date. The Wall Street Journal said the price is expected to be more than $200. While video calls will presumably require at least two of the new Echos, or perhaps a Kindle equipped with a camera, voice calling between Echo units is also reportedly on the horizon. That feature may not roll out for a few weeks, however.

An Amazon spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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