LG's impossibly named Smart Display is finally available for $200

LG's impossibly named Smart Display is finally available for $200
Back when the Google Home Hub was not yet a thing, three manufacturers unveiled (vague) “smart display” release plans. For some reason, it took a lot of time for these to materialize, with Lenovo’s 8 and 10-inch models available stateside since late July, followed by JBL Link View pre-orders kicked off in August ahead of an early September rollout.

At long last, the LG WK9 that was first showcased by Google all the way back in January is up for grabs, fetching $199.99 in the US after a $100 introductory discount. B&H Photo Video has it listed even cheaper, at $196.99 with “holiday savings”, although you still can’t technically order the device from that particular retailer.

The question you may be asking yourself right about now is what makes the LG Xboom AI ThinQ model WK9 (full name, no joke) worth around 100 bucks more than the soon-to-be-discounted Google Home Hub.

LG offers a couple of possible answers in a new press release, claiming this bad boy’s stereo 20W sound is “the most powerful” in any smart speaker around. That obviously makes the WK9 quite bulky, at roughly 3.3 pounds (1.51 kilograms), with a width of 14.5 inches, 9.6-inch height, and 5.7-inch depth. In contrast, the Google Home Hub measures 7.02 x 4.65 x 2.65 inches, tipping the scales at only 16.9 ounces (480 grams).


Of course, the Google Assistant-powered LG Xboom AI ThinQ model WK9 (ugh) also sports a (slightly) larger 8-inch touchscreen with “HD” resolution for YouTube access and other home entertainment features, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera for video conferencing that privacy advocates may not really consider an advantage over the Google Home Hub.

Those in the market for a smart display should probably take Amazon’s latest Echo Show variant into account as well, at a recommended price of $230 (Black Friday deals excluded), with an even bigger 10-inch screen in tow, a similar 5MP camera, and extremely powerful audio capabilities of its own.

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7 Comments

1. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

These things arw like smart watches and speakers. Sure it can be useful, but you really dont need it and you kinda have to create a purpose for it, to validate the purchase. For a person who cooks and wants to watch a video showing the preparation or something similar can be pretty useful. But nothing you cant do by just gerring a case for your phone and have it stand up and you just speak to it and have it play the same thing. New tech is cool, useful new tech is better. This doesn't hype the senses on either.

2. DFranch

Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I got mine primarily so I could tell it to turn on the lights on my family room. We have 3 lamps which had to be turned on by hand. It doesn't sound like much, but I can't tell you how much I still enjoy just telling google to turn the lights on as I enter the room. As a bonus, My Harmony remote is also supported, so I can tell it to turn on the lights and the tv, or xbox, or blu-ray. It is also nice to occasionally ask random questions without having to dig out my phone.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This display is also Chromecast compatible as well. So you can cast things from your smartphone or tablet to this. You talk about a phone, but the audio is not going to be like this stereo output, plus the display is bigger as well. Not to mention all the stuff you can say that this will be able to perform. Remember this thing can do so much more than an Apple HomePod, and it's still cheaper, and it is stereo sound. You can even ask it to play YouTube videos.

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You also never mentioned that this display comes with YouTube premium as well. Which is ad free.

3. Nionx

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I'd ask Santa but that name is too long to out on my list.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4100; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That looks hideous

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

I got the Lenovo 8" during the earlier Black Friday sale when it was $100 at Best Buy. For me it's in the kitchen and it's perfect if you have all the services to use it. I have YouTube TV and Google Play Music/YouTube Red/YouTube Music Premium so I can watch TV and online video content, multiple non-video Google Homes/Home Minis/Home Max for synced whole house audio control, Nest Thermostat to control temperature by voice, Nest Hello to monitor the front door, and of course kitchen timer and recipes when cooking. I think it works best when you have multiple devices and services to take advantage of it

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