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Meet the ThinQ WK9: LG's Assistant-powered smart display

LG's ThinQ WK9 is a competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show and allows you to watch videos, get directions, make video calls, and much more.

Published onJanuary 10, 2018

  • The LG ThinQ WK9 is a smart display with Google Assistant on board
  • It sports an 8-inch screen, a camera, and two speakers
  • The device will likely be released in summer

LG has revealed the ThinQ WK9 at CES, a smart display that will take on Amazon’s Echo Show.

It features an 8-inch screen and two speakers tuned by Meridian Audio. There’s also a camera on board for making video calls via Google Duo. The device has Assistant built-in, allowing you to control it with voice commands.

The LG ThinQ WK9 can tell you all about the weather, play the music you like, and answer any weird questions you might have — just like Google Home. Thanks to its display, you can also use it to watch videos on YouTube, get directions via Google Maps, and ask for help when preparing a meal. You can learn more about how smart displays work by watching the short video below.

When will it hit the market? LG hasn’t shared this info with the public yet, but we expect it to be released in summer, same as Lenovo’s smart display. Pricing will likely be announced closer to launch.

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The LG ThinQ WK9 looks like an interesting device on paper, but it does have a big drawback in my opinion — it’s hideous. Its thick body makes it look dated, especially when compared to Lenovo’s sexy smart display that’s not only thin but also has an eye-catching bamboo finish.

Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

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