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The original Echo Show 8 has been one of our favorite smart devices since its launch two years ago, thanks to a near-perfect balance of strong audio performance for the size, a bright and colorful screen, and plenty of useful Alexa voice control and smart home features at a reasonable price. It’s still good enough that Amazon has changed very little in the second generation of the model.

The second-generation Echo Show 8 looks and sounds just like its predecessor. Only the camera for video chats and home surveillance has been improved. The second-generation Echo Show 8 is physically identical to the first model, measuring 5.4 x 7.9 x 3.9 inches (HWD), with a vaguely triangular side profile that tilts the 8-inch screen back slightly like an easel.

The screen has a half-inch frame flush with the LCD, with a camera in the upper right corner. On the top edge are cutouts for the far-field microphones, buttons for volume control and microphone mute, and a mechanical switch for the camera privacy screen. The back of the Echo Show 8 is covered in fabric, matching the color of the frame on the front.

Inside, the hardware of the second-generation Echo Show 8 is almost identical to the original, at least in terms of audio and display performance. It features the same 8.0-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels and the same dual 2.0-inch speaker drivers with a passive bass radiator.

The MediaTek MT8183 processor is a performance upgrade over the MT8163 in the previous model, but you probably won’t notice much change in performance or responsiveness in day-to-day use. The original Echo Show 8 never felt particularly slow, and the extra power didn’t make a noticeable difference in testing. If you already own the original Echo Show 8, you shouldn’t expect any changes in appearance, sound, or response from the new model.

The big upgrade the new Echo Show 8 gets over its predecessor is its camera. The new device features a 13MP camera with auto-framing, a jump up from the 1MP sensor on the first Echo Show 8. It appears to be the same camera used in the current Echo Show 10, but without the motorized tracking features.

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