Amazon Echo Show 5 vs 8 vs 10 (2020 Comparison)

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Amazon’s lineup of Echo Show smart speakers is expanding with their latest announcement and impending release of the Echo Show 10 (3rd Generation). It’s time to take a look at the four Echo Show models currently available to help you make an informed decision. 

The four models I’ll be comparing are the Echo Show 10 vs 8 vs 5 vs Echo Show (2nd Gen). I expect the Echo Show (2nd Gen) discontinued in due time and replaced by the new Echo Show 10. The price point is just a tad over the 2nd Gen price, and they both have 10.1-inch displays. 

Before we get into the details of these Echo Show models, here’s a quick glance at which ones are the best.

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Last update on 2020-10-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Echo Show Comparison Features

Design and Display Interface

Even though the design language across the lineup of Echo Show devices is similar, Amazon has made it rather simple to differentiate between them. It’s easy to guess how big the display screen sizes are for each model. The touchscreens are all designed to be watched wide-screen too in a horizontal fashion. 

The key feature of the newest Echo Show 10 is the rotating screen that follows you around. Just place the Echo on your kitchen countertop or coffee table. When you’re on a video call, watching a show, or following along a recipe while cooking, the screen will always be visible. 

With the rotating touchscreen, the Echo Show 10 is the only one that comes with a stand because it needs the ability to swivel. You can purchase separate stands for the other Echo Shows, but none of the others will follow you around. 

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The screen size depends on your needs, but I always prefer the larger touchscreens. I’m able to be further away from the screen and still make out who and what’s on the screen. 

Think about what you’ll use it for. Will you use it for video calls? Watch Prime Video movies and TV shows? Listen to Amazon Music on it? Use it as a digital picture frame? 

Depending on what you’re used to and how good your eyes are, that’ll help you decide on what screen size to select. 

Technical Specifications

The Amazon Echo Show devices are packed with processors and various components that give the devices maximum compatibility with other devices and systems. 

Processor

Processors vary slightly and the newer ones utilize more powerful processors. 

  • Echo Show 5: MediaTek MT 8163
  • Echo Show 8: MediaTek 8183 main processor plus second processor with Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge
  • Echo Show (2nd Gen): Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor for advanced technology and processing capabilities
  • Echo Show 10: MediaTek 8183 main processor plus second processor with Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge

WiFi Connectivity

All four of the Echo devices come with dual-band WiFi that supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks. That covers all the current WiFi technologies out there, so youu shouldn’t have any WiFi issues. 

The Echo Show and Echo Show 10 both also include an 802.15.4 radio to support other smart home devices. 

Bluetooth Connectivity

All four are equipped with Bluetooth and support streaming music audio to Bluetooth speakers.  

Audio Components

The Amazon Echo Shows are also speakers, so let’s take a look at what they’re equipped with. Just a note, don’t expect amazing stereo surround sound from the Echo Show devices. Connect them to external speakers if you want richer sound quality. 

  • Echo Show 5: Full range 1.65” built-in speaker. 3.5 mm stereo audio output for use with external speakers
  • Echo Show 8: 2.0” (52 mm) neodymium speakers with passive bass radiator
  • Echo Show (2nd Gen): Dual 2” neodymium drivers & passive bass radiator.
  • Echo Show 10: 2.1 System: 2 x 1.0” tweeters and a 3.0” woofer
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Camera

The camera has gotten better with each version of the Echo Show. Your family and friends on the other side of the video call will be able to get a clearer picture of you. 

You can also take selfie pictures with the Amazon Echo by saying “Alexa, take a selfie.” Then use the Echo as a digital photo frame and display the pictures stored on Amazon Photos. The Echo will also display photos on Facebook, but not on Google Photos.  

Amazon stepped it up on their Echo Show 10 with a 260% increase in megapixels. 

Motion

Only the Echo Show 10 has motion and it has a brushless motor that rotates 175%. 

Video and Audio Quality

The Echo Show 10 gives you the best video quality so you can make video calls to your friends and family through Alexa Calling, Skype, Amazon Chime, or Zoom. 

To help with staying connected to others, Amazon is introducing Group Calling, new video effects, and Drop In calls to other Echo speakers. 

Don’t forget that the Echo 10 will follow you around the room as you have your call too. 

The Echo Show 10 comes the closest to stereo sound with the extra woofer as the 0.1 in the 2.1 system. Amazon claims the sounds are the “same from in front, as behind,” so until the 10 is released to the public, we won’t know for sure. 

The older model speakers aren’t for audiophiles, but they do the trick for the rest of use 

Amazon Alexa and Smart Features

The key feature of any Echo device is Amazon’s voice assistant. Using voice command has grown to be a part of many of our homes, whether it’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. 

Tell Alexa to start your favorite shows from Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Youtube. You’ll be able to also stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and other places. 

Listen to the latest sports scores and news as the voice assistant reads to you. If you’re having a bad day, Alexa can tell you jokes, along with other Easter eggs. I have a list of the Best Alexa Easter Eggs that you can explore for laughs. 

Smart Home Compatibility 

The Echo Show 10 and 2nd Gen can both act as a Zigbee smart home hub. That means you don’t need to buy a separate hub to connect various smart devices like smart locks, smart thermostats, lights, security cameras, and more. 

Unfortunately, the Echo Show devices aren’t fully compatible with Google Assistant or Apple Siri. You can install this Google Assistant Alexa Skill, but the features are limited.

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Mobile App

Keep an eye on your home through Alexa Guard, the Alexa app and the Echo Show 10. You can access the built-in camera and swiveling monitor to look around the room. 

Alexa Guard will also send Smart Alerts if your Echo Show detects alarm sounds from a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, or glass breaking. It’ll keep you updated and help keep your home safe when you’re not at home. 

The app is compatible with iOS and Android.

Amazon Echo Show Model Comparisons

When trying to decide which of the models is best for you, it’s helpful to compare these models head-to-head to see the main differences. Let’s go through the different comparisons and review each of them. 

Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) vs Echo Show (2nd Gen)

The Echo Show 10 is the better option between these two. The Echo 10 and the Echo Show 2nd Gen. have many of the same features, with the Echo 10 having slight upgrades across the board.

The price points are similar enough that you’ll want to wait for the newer version. There’s no value gained by getting the 2nd Generation version. 

Echo Show 10 vs 8

The Echo Show 10 gives you better value for your money compared to the Echo Show 8. The main difference between these two is the Echo 10’s 10.1” touch screen vs an 8” screen.

The Show 10 hasn’t been released yet, but the larger screen that follows you, better sound quality, and the built-in Zigbee smart home hub is well worth the upgrade.

When you’re video conferencing, the others on the video chat will thank you for your video camera’s image quality. 

Echo Show (2nd Gen) vs 8

The Echo Show (2nd Gen) is the one to get, instead of the Echo Show 8.

But I’d wait for the new Echo Show 10 instead because there’s barely any price difference between the 3rd Gen and 2nd Gen. 

Echo Show 10 vs 5

Comparing these two is like comparing a Ferrari to a Pinto. The Echo Show 10 and the 10” display size is well worth the higher price against the Echo Show 5.

The user experience is better with the touch screen quality and sound quality. The Echo 5 feels like just an alarm clock when lined up against the Echo Show 10. 

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Echo Show (2nd Gen) vs 5

The Echo Show (2nd Gen) is the winner here against the Echo Show 5, but I’d get the superior Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) instead of the 2nd Gen.

The newer 3rd Gen is a better Echo all-around. 

Echo Show 8 vs 5

The Echo Show 8 is a tad more expensive than the Echo Show 5, but it provides much more value in the screen size alone.

The price difference is minimal and well worth it to get the larger screen. If you watch shows or read recipes frequently, you’re going to thank yourself for getting the larger screen. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Watch TV on My Echo Show? 

Yes, but it’s not out-of-the-box. You’ll need to use Alexa skills to play live TV from channels and networks like Food Network, Bloomberg, etc. Another option is to connect a Fire TV Recast device that you can find on Amazon. 

Can I Watch Netflix on My Echo Show? 

Not until the Echo Show 10 is released. Netflix will be integrated with the latest Echo Show and you’ll be able to use Alexa to search for and start Netflix films and shows. There are ways to do it on other Echo Show devices, but they violate Amazon’s policies, which would void any warranty you have. 

Which Echo Show is the Best?

The Echo Show 10 is the best Amazon Echo Show. The larger screen that swivels, following you around is huge. Being able to freely move around, while still being able to clearly see the Echo screen is a huge plus when video conferencing. You’ll be able to operate the Echo hands free and not need to manually adjust the screen.