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Hands on with the Lenovo Smart Display

If you were looking for something like the Amazon Echo Show but with Google Assistant on-board, you have to wait no longer. We take a quick look at the Lenovo Smart Display here at CES 2018!

Published onJanuary 8, 2018

If you have ever wanted something like the Amazon Echo Show in your home but would rather have it powered by the Google Assistant, you won’t have to wait much longer! Introduced at CES 2018, here is a quick look at the Lenovo Smart Display.

The Lenovo Smart Display makes using technology at home more convenient, intuitive and, shared. The Smart Display can be controlled by your voice or touch, and brings all the convenience and utility of the Google Assistant to a device that isn’t tethered to your smartphone.

Its various capabilities will allow you to see directions on Google Maps, watch YouTube videos, make video calls using Google Duo, listen to music, control your connected smart home devices, look at recipes, and a whole lot more.

Two variants of the Smart Display will be available — one with a 10-inch Full HD display and another with an 8-inch 720p screen. But the differences between the two end there. Both units feature 10 W full range speakers with a dual passive radiator, and the 2 X 2 Dual Mic arrays on both ensure that the device will be able to hear your commands from across the room.

A physical button on the chassis allows you to mute the device when you aren’t planning to use it. There is also a 5 MP front-facing camera for video calls, along with a dedicated camera shutter button if you ever need to take a selfie. Unlike the Amazon Echo Show, the Lenovo Smart Display looks thin from the side, and the attractive white-and-bamboo finish allows it to fit in with most modern decor.

The Smart Display is certainly not a typical Lenovo product, especially when you consider that the company is mostly known for their laptops, tablets, and budget-friendly smartphones. However, while we didn’t know which company would be the first to release such a device, it certainly isn’t unexpected, given the slew of rumors surrounding the possibility of a Google Home device with a touch screen.

There you have it for this quick look at the Lenovo Smart Display! The Smart Display is quite similar to the Amazon Echo Show in terms of its capabilities, but with the presence of Google Assistant on-board to help push it further. Will it prove to be a worthy competitor? We will only know for sure when the device is officially released in July.

Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you more great coverage from CES 2018!