Facebook is developing a smart speaker with a 15-inch touchscreen panel similar to that of Amazon’s latest product, the Echo Show, according to reports.

Citing unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, Digitimes reported that the product will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology for release in the first quarter of 2018.

It said the device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron's plants in China.

The speaker was designed by Facebook's Building 8 department, it said.

It comes after Facebook submitted a patent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a “modular electromechanical device” on 20 July, together with a sketch that bore resemblance to a speaker with a screen (see above).

The patent described multiple elements that could be added to the device; a touch display, speakers, a telephone and karaoke unit.

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