Lenovo launches a smart display with Google Assistant baked inside

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The question now is whether customers will want to buy Google's version of these "show and tell" speakers, which Google calls Smart Displays and will be sold by JBL, LG, Lenovo and Sony. Google Assistant will also let people make video calls on devices that are equipped with a camera, the company said.

Both the 8-and the 10-inch Smart Displays boast a single 10W speaker, 1.75-inches on the smaller unit, 2 inches on the 10-inch model, with both models sporting 2×2 dual microphone arrays. For example, asking for directions opens up Google Maps (with the option to send them to your phone), while asking for past images opens up Google Photos. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week it's announcing new device partnerships.

However, the real stuff powering the device would be Google Assistant with the new smart displays just acting as another hardware extension of Google's AI backed digital assistant program.

Google Assistant on smart displays is based on the company's Android Things IoT platform and isn't just an Android tablet slapped between speakers. In addition, JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony will be releasing Google Assistant speakers with a screen by the summer.

Google Assistant has done quite well during the Holiday season, and it's about to be in even more places.

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The Lenovo Smart Display will be powered by Qualcomm Home Hub Platform using SDA 624processor and will be available in two models - 10inch and 8inch screen.

The search company has partnered with 15 companies to make new smart speakers and appliances, including four devices that will have built-in screens.

The touchscreen shows weather updates, recipes, YouTube videos, and more.

Qualcomm said the variant based on the SDA212 SoC is created to bring digital assistant and audio capability into home devices and appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and washing machines. However, since Google allows OEMs to customise their "Google-branded" offerings (although they don't carry any sort of branding), Lenovo has vouched for enhanced privacy by adding a physical shutter for the front-facing camera and a mute button for the microphone - things that will appeal to those concerned with privacy. The JBL LINK View should be here by this summer, though we don't yet know pricing. Google assistant is also compatible with more than 1,500 smart home devices and accessories.

As for price, the 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display will cost $199.99 (about £150 / AU$255) while the 10-inch version costs $249.99 (about £185 / AU$320).

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