While Apple is rumored to announce a Siri Speaker at WWDC aimed as a high-end Echo competitor, Amazon is readying an Alexa device with a built-in display. In a leaked image, the new device is more monolithic, featuring a touchscreen and possibly a camera.
The entire unit has a slant that angles upwards so that the 7-inch touchscreen will be visible when looking down from above. From the blurry image, the interface shows the time in the top left corner with calendar events underneath. The backdrop is of clouds, though users will likely be able to customize that.
The leak comes from AFTVnews, who has a particularly good record of scooping upcoming Amazon products. Codenamed “Knight,” it is expected “later this month” and will be the company’s “flagship Alexa device.”
In terms of designing UIs, Amazon has had several years of experience with its Fire tablets. Assuming Amazon builds a visual interface that allows users to navigate through commands, in addition to speaking them aloud, a screen would be convenient in particular situations.
AFTVnews speculates that it will priced above $200 given that it will be an improvement to the existing Echo, but come in under $300.
Update: Additional, higher-res images of the device have been released by Evleaks. A clearer view of the UI reveals a weather widget, as well as what appears to be notifications for messages. At the bottom, there is a carousel that allows users to swipe through to see more information or prompts.