Verizon's smart display has Alexa baked in and 4G connectivity

This device just sounds really strange, let's be honest

Verizon's smart display has Alexa baked in
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The rumors of a Verizon smart display have been doing the rounds since it popped its head up at an FCC filing back in June.

And now we have official word that it is coming, after the cellular giant announced its existence at Amazon's Alexa Live event this week.

It's not likely to be an Echo Show rival, nor a genuine contender in the emerging smart display market. Don't expect dedicated Show Skills to work on this Verizon device; in fact, don't expect too much at all.

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It all sounds a bit... weird.

As well as having Alexa built-in, there is also going to be "Hey Verizon" functionality, with a dedicated voice assistant on board.

A Cnet report states that it's "not immediately clear beyond having it show you your bill" what the "Hey Verizon" wake word will offer up though.

Surely a Verizon skill for the Echo Show range would have been an easier approach than building a dedicated device.

Surely there's more to it than that?

That report also mentions it work with multiple streaming video and music services. On what platform exactly, we're yet to find out.

What we do know is that it's a 8-inch smart display, with a 1280 x 800 pixel count, packing 4GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a privacy shutter.

There's also 4G LTE connectivity, but not for smart home control; rather a backup to provide troubleshooting support to customers during service outages.

It's landing in the fall, for selected Fios users, as part of a beta trial. A wider launch is expected to follow.

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