Lenovo's Smart Display Gives Google Assistant A Large Screen - CES 2018

Lenovo on Monday made its first major announcement at the latest iteration of the Consumer Electronics Show, having unveiled the Smart Display range of screen-equipped speakers with support for the Google Assistant. The Chinese tech giant is quick to point out that the lineup was developed in close collaboration with Google and will entail an 8-inch and 10-inch model priced at approximately $199 and $249, respectively. The devices are planned to be released at some point this summer, though it's currently unclear how many markets is Lenovo targeting.

Both members of the newly unveiled product family feature touch screens with HD (8-inch model) and FHD (10-inch model) resolutions amounting to a standard widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. Only the Gray and Bamboo variants of the two devices have been showcased at CES and can be seen in the gallery below, with both having white fronts and only differing based on the design of their rear panels and kickstands. For the time being, the Gray finish is reserved for the smaller device, whereas the Bamboo one will only be available on the larger gadget. While the body of the Lenovo Smart Display is largely made of plastic, the company says it still delivered a durable product that will easily withstand everyday wear and tear, being set to serve you for many years to come. As far as functionalities are concerned, the Lenovo Smart Display is largely comparable to Amazon's Echo Show, save for its digital assistant of choice. The screen of the device adds another dimension to Google's artificial intelligence companion, allowing you to easily summon a weather forecast, daily news recap, or stock prices with your voice. Both "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" trigger phrases are supported by the speaker.

Being powered by a Google-made service, the Lenovo Smart Display also boasts support for a variety of other solutions from the Alphabet-owned company including YouTube, Duo, and Google Maps. All third-party products and services that are already part of the Google Assistant ecosystem work with Lenovo's latest offering which is backed by a Qualcomm-made SoC. With one of Lenovo's main goals while designing the Smart Display being versatility, the gadget can be used in both portrait and landscape orientations, supported by the same kickstand. The Chinese electronics company is expected to share more details on the availability of its screen-equipped smart speakers come late spring.

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