LG XBOOM WK9 smart display may finally be ready to launch

The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 is the company's first Smart Display, costs $300

Throughout the year, we've seen a handful of manufacturers announcing smart displays that use Google Assistant. LG may finally be ready to join that select group of hardware makers, as it seems to be gearing up to launch the XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 smart display. LG has partnered with Meridian Audio to deliver high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass, despite its compact size. B&H Photo Video has it listed even cheaper, at $196.99 with "holiday savings", although you still can't technically order the device from that particular retailer.

The 20W speakers with Meridian technology are "the most powerful offered in a smart speaker", according to LG.

With the rather long official title of the XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9, the Google Assistant-powered smart display features an 8-inch LED touchscreen, two forward facing front speakers, an Android Things platform and Google's Chromecast built in. You can use the screen to access step-by-step recipe guides, video calling with Google Duo thanks to the 5MP camera, YouTube videos, and - of course - you can use your voice to talk to the Google Assistant at any time.

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The device will be available in other key markets at a later, undisclosed date.

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