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Verizon is gearing up to launch its own Alexa-powered smart display


If you didn’t think that you could have any more smart display options, think again. Verizon Wireless is presumably gearing up to launch a smart display of its own after is passed through the FCC (via Protocol). The upcoming device will feature an 8-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution.

We don’t know exactly what will be powering the display, nor do we know what the name could be. However, the FCC filings revealed that it will sport 4GB of RAM along with 16GB of storage. As for connectivity, this is set to be one of the first “portable” smart displays thanks to the combination of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G connectivity.

Much like the Amazon Echo Show series of displays, this Verizon version will include a manual hardware shutter for the camera. However, we don’t yet know the quality of the front-facing camera just yet. The manual included in the FCC filing did confirm that it will support Verizon’s BlueJeans video-conferencing software, which is a plus for those who need to use that.

Speaking of Amazon, this unnamed Verizon smart speaker will also be making use of Amazon Alexa for its queries and smart home controls. It will be interesting to see if this comes via a partnership between Amazon and Verizon. It will also be interesting to see what the interface will look like and whether it will essentially be a Verizon-branded Echo display.

As is the case every time something makes its way through the FCC, there’s no telling when it will actually be arriving. However, we expect to see or hear some type of announcement sooner rather than later.


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