Lenovo Smart Display hands-on

Lenovo’s teamed up with Google to create a rival to Amazon’s Echo Show. While the hardware may be promising, the name is quite forgettable. Dubbed simply “Lenovo Smart Display,” this Google Assistant-based smart speaker offers the convenience of an either 8 or 10-inch screen to facilitate deeper, more intuitive interaction between the user(s) and Google’s Assistant.

The main screen will display your Google Photos images, but more experiences will likely be added. As the Smart Display features a FHD touchscreen, entering into the device will show you recent reminders, timers, music, or other interactive data. Running this experience is Android Things, Google’s low-power OS meant for IoT devices.

Of course, Google’s Assistant brings all of its useful and fun features, such as smart home control, your daily schedule run-down, and news briefings. With the addition of a display, though, such information is complimented with visual aids, showing your routes traffic conditions, or video news briefings from YouTube, for instance.

The Lenovo Smart Display also has a camera, which has a physical lens cover, to be used for intercom communication, video feeds facilitated through Nest, or likely other Wi-Fi cameras, and even video calls carried out through Google Duo integration.

Lenovo is aiming to make Smart Display your all-in-one in-home entertainment/assistant device. Priced at $249.99 for the 10-inch, and $199.99 for the 8-inch model, Lenovo Smart Display is expected to be available in the summer of 2018.



1. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Isn't this basically just a tablet device? With less functionality as a tablet but with added voice activation?

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Because people said tablet is dead.. So they resurrect it as something better (more-profit for their company) Company won't need to do spec-race in this segment.. they can put old SD410, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, and it's will work just fine (and they don't even need to write down those specs when advertising it, since it's just "smart display").. And they can make it as thick as they want, or make it as ugly as they want (just look at the backside of lenovo smart display), since users won't carry it around. Oh, it also didnt have battery, lol..

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2514; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I have to be honest, the design just doesn’t do it for me. I understand they were trying to be sort of retro in the styling, similar to the retro styling of the Echo Show, but the speakers on one side just doesn’t seem to be practical. Also, since this isn’t a Google made device there is the question of update longetivity as well as whether the features of this device being fully fleshed out or half baked. I know it says they worked with Google to make this product, but it’s still not a Google product so I can’t help but think it wouldn’t have the same feature set if Google decided to make their own in the future.

5. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

No YouTube on the Echo Show kind of makes it a show stopper. Looking forward to getting one of these instead. It is too bad Amazon does not come to their senses and allow just one company on their marketplace to sell the Google Hardware they would like allowed to be sold. Plus have to believe the negative PR for Amazon being so anti-competitive must really hurt them.

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