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JBL Link View smart display with Google Assistant finally goes up for pre-order

JBL Link View smart display with Google Assistant finally goes up for pre-order
It looks like the 2016-released Google Assistant may have already won the AI war against veterans Siri, Alexa, and Cortana when it comes to smartphone integration, convenience, and versatility, but Amazon’s extensive family of Echo smart speakers probably shouldn’t rest on its early laurels either.

That’s because the Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini make up a complete and increasingly popular product lineup, while so-called “smart displays” from Lenovo, JBL, and LG are ready to go for the Echo Show’s jugular.

They are finally ready for primetime following a formal (and rather vague) announcement way back in January, although the JBL Link View is technically available for pre-orders only starting today. We also still don’t know anything for sure about the LG WK9’s release timing, while Lenovo’s 8 and 10-inch versions are both up for grabs and swiftly shipping. Speaking of, the JBL Link View’s official pre-order page suggests US deliveries won’t start until September (September 3, to be exact), which is unfortunately still a pretty long way down the road.

Then again, if you’re willing to pay $249.95 for this bad boy, or around 20 bucks more than the Echo Show’s typical retail price, which is also regularly discounted, you probably won’t mind waiting another few weeks. 

It almost goes without saying that the Link View is largely capable of the same things as the cheaper 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display, sporting a touchscreen with an identical size, showing everything from YouTube videos to photos, weather info and much more, and even supporting video calls with a 5MP front-facing camera in tow. 

JBL is obviously betting on the company’s reputation as a leader of the audio industry and its proprietary “legendary sound technology” with “deep bass” as key selling points and main differentiators in this increasingly crowded smart display space.

source: JBL

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