Taking after Amazon’s Echo Show, is reportedly developing a smart speaker that will feature a 15-inch touchscreen and will be launched in Q1 of 2018.

has similar smart speakers and , too, has developed .

According to a in Digitimes on Tuesday that cited sources from “upstream supply chain”, the product will be manufactured by Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Pegatron and designed by company’s Building 8 department.

also features a large display.

“The 15-inch touch panel that Facebook’s smart speaker will use is supplied by , using in-cell technology. The speaker will also be equipped with a magnesium-aluminium-alloy chassis,” the report noted.

Amazon Echo Show

 

It is rumoured that the device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron’s plants in China.

According to media reports, the smart speaker market was by 2022 while worldwide.

Smart speaker shipments reached 5.9 million units in 2016, 4.2 million of which were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“Since Pegatron already has iPhone orders from Apple as well as Surface and orders from Microsoft, if the company’s orders from Facebook are true, Pegatron’s performance in the second half is expected to grow higher,” the report added.

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