Facebook plans to release a smart speaker with a 15-inch touchscreen in early 2018, according to a new report from Digitimes citing sources in the Asian supply chain.

The speaker is reportedly being developed by Facebook's consumer hardware lab, Building 8. Business Insider recently uncovered a Building 8 patent that describes a modular hardware device that could function like a speaker with a screen.

The device will be manufactured by Pegatron and sold in the first quarter of 2018, according to Digitimes.

Amazon recently started selling a similar speaker called the Echo Show that features a large display.

A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment.

Building 8 is led by former Google executive Regina Dugan and is tasked with shipping consumer hardware to millions of people.

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