Last year we saw Google introduce its own smart speakers with Google Home and Google Home Mini to compete with the Alex range from Amazon. The Lenovo Smart Display that was announced last week during CES 2018, takes it a step ahead.
Google Home smart speakers are powered by Google Assistant which provide all sort of info when you talk to them. Lenovo added a reasonably big 10 inch FullHD to the smart speakers, increasing the utility manifold. There’s also a smaller 8 inch display variant available. Basically, it’s a tablet that’s designed to rest on your table forever and can’t be carried with you like a tablet. We are not new to concepts like this. There are digital photo frames available in a similar design. But Lenovo Smart Hub is backed by the powerful ecosystem of Google apps coupled with Google Assistant. And it’s also interactive.You just ask questions and it responds back with answers on its screen. After all, it’s better to see things on the screen instead just guessing or imagining.
The Lenovo Smart Display is powered by the newly announced Qualcomm® Home Hub Platform based on the Qualcomm SDA 624 SoC which features integrated CPU, GPU, and DSP. There’s also a front camera which lets you make video calls via Google Duo. It has a 10W speaker as well. It can also act as a hub for smart home devices like Nest. And since Lenovo is promoting it as an accessory for your digital home, it has designed it to look neat, clean and minimal. The 10-inch variant comes in bamboo color which fits nicely with modern home interiors.
Lenovo’s own Tab 4 also does something similar but with a speaker that’s an extra accessory and is powered by Amazon Alexa instead of Google Assistant.
The 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display starts at $249.99 and the 8-inch model starts at $199.99, both expected to be available early this summer.