Amazon’s Echo Show 5 was a game-changer when it was released in 2019, as it provided an ultra-affordable means of entry into the smart display market. On shopping holidays like Prime Day or Black Friday, you can pick up a Show 5 for less than $50, and you can pair it with another smart product like a smart bulb or security camera for a small extra cost. . Now, Amazon has come up with a new Echo Show 5. What’s in the 2021 Echo Show 5 that the 2019 version doesn’t? Which model is best for you? We compare both sides to find out.
The Echo Show 5 (1st generation) and Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) both look pretty much the same. They both have a 5.5-inch touchscreen and relatively thick internal bezels around the screen. The 2019 and 2021 models each have a speaker section at the back that is pyramid-shaped, so it also serves as a stand. Both the devices measure 5.8 inches in width, 3.4 inches in height and 2.9 inches in depth.
However, the new model comes in an additional color option – Deep Sea Blue. There is also a chameleon coloring option for kids. The 2019 version comes in Charcoal or Glacier only, with no kids option.
Audio and video quality
The audio and video hardware on the Echo Show 5 (1st generation) and (2nd generation) are identical. Both models feature a single 1.7-inch speaker for audio and a 960 x 480 resolution on a 5.5-inch screen.
The main difference between the two generations is that the new (2021) model doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack like its predecessor, so you can’t plug in an external speaker directly (you’ll have to connect an external speaker via Bluetooth). )
Camera quality and features
This is one area where the two models differ greatly. The 2021 Echo Show 5 has a better camera and more advanced camera features than its predecessor. The new Show 5 has a 2MP camera, compared to just 1MP on the 2019 model. Plus, the 2021 Echo Show 5 lets you use the camera to check-in your home remotely – a feature not available in the older Show 5, as it was previously reserved for more expensive models like the Echo Show 10 was.
The ability to access the camera via the Alexa app is a big upgrade as it allows the Show 5 to function as a security camera natively. You can check in on pets, teens, or just check in at your home in general. When combined with Alexa Guard, it can serve as very basic home security.
You get the same Alexa on both the Show 5 (1st generation) and Show 5 (2nd generation). You can control your compatible smart devices, watch news, listen to music, and more. Both devices allow you to make video calls, display photos, set schedules, and set alarms. However, no device has a built-in ZigBee hub like the Echo Show 10. Both the Show 5 (1st generation) and Show 5 (2nd generation) have a MediaTek MT8163 processor, and both devices allow you to physically block the camera and mute the mic for privacy.
Like its main competitor, Amazon continues to prioritize energy efficiency. The 2021 Show 5 has a low power mode, the company is building farms to produce solar and wind power, and Amazon uses large amounts of recycled materials in the production and packaging of the new Show 5 device.
The Show 5 (2nd generation) has a retail price of $85, while the current retail price of the 1st generation Show is $80. The new Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) also offers a children’s version, which includes parental controls. The children’s version sells for $95.
As discussed earlier, you will be able to find deals on Amazon devices during shopping events like Prime Day. With Amazon releasing a new version of the Echo Show 5, the old version is likely to go on sale at a much lower price.
which is better?
The biggest value-add on the Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) is the improved camera and the ability to view the camera feed from afar. If the ability to check-in to your home is important to you, go with the second generation version. If that’s not that important to you, the first-generation Echo Show 5 will probably suffice.