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Amazon launches smaller Echo Show device for $90

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen in the company’s logistics centre in Boves, France, 13 May 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday launched a smaller version of the company Echo Show smart speaker, which is powered by the popular voice assistant, Alexa.

Priced at $90, the new device, the Echo Show 5, features a 5.5-inch screen, a camera and a loudspeaker, and is much cheaper than the previous version, which is priced at around $230.

The latest device also comes with an optional magnetic stand for an additional $20, the company said.

The e-commerce giant had originally started with the Echo Show, a touch-screen device that allows video calling, in 2017.

The new Echo Show device also comes with additional privacy protection, with a built-in camera shutter, while still being able to talk with Alexa.

The device is available for pre-order starting Wednesday, and will begin shipping in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia next month to India in July, Amazon said.

Reporting by Arjuna Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by James Emmanuel

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