The smart assistant revolution is shifting into high gear in 2018, and CES is where manufacturers are showing off their new compatible products. Lenovo has kickstarted its year with a new range of Google Assistant-powered displays called the Smart Display. There are two sizes available – 8 and 10.1 inches.
The idea looks familiar to the Amazon Echo Show, but instead comes packing in Google Assistant and the assistant’s own in-house software and features. In addition to the familiar search, weather, and music streaming capabilities, the inclusion of a display introduces a number of new Google Assistant features. Users can view maps of planned routes, video call with friends and family via Google Duo, stream YouTube videos or pictures from Google Photos, and manage their other connected smart home devices.
The two Lenovo Smart Displays boast near identical hardware. They’re powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 chipset, paired up with 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. There’s also a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth Low Energy, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a 10W full range speaker with dual passive radiator, and dual microphone arrays for accurate voice tracking.
Where the hardware differs is with the display. The 8-inch model comes with a 1280 x 800 resolution, which the 10.1-inch version bumps with up to 1920 x 1200. The larger model always weighs slightly 200g more at 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs).
If you’re thinking about picking up a Smart Display for your kitchen or living room, you might be pleased to note that the device comes in soft grey or natural bamboo color options. It can also be positioned both vertically or horizontally and the software will automatically adjust the display orientation, so it should be able to fit in even more narrow spaces.
Lenovo’s Smart Display range will be available to purchase in early summer 2018, around July time. The 8-inch model will be priced at $199.99, while the 10.1-inch version is a little more expensive at $249.99.