The first two Google Assistant powered smart display devices are being released tomorrow by Lenovo. The pair are part of a new product line called the Lenovo Smart Display. One version sports an 8-inch display and will be priced at $199.99; the model carrying a 10-inch screen will cost $249.99. Instead of just hearing Google Assistant say hello to you in the morning, you can get a visual look at the day's weather forecast and see where traffic will be backed up on your morning commute. And seeing your calendar entries for the day makes them easier to remember than just having them read to you.
With the addition of a screen, you can see streaming video from surveillance cameras placed in different rooms of your house. Smart appliances can be set and you will see visual confirmation of any changes you make. YouTube is available for streaming videos, and with the purchase of a Smart Display, you receive three free months of YouTube Premium.
The 8-inch model (in Gray) sports an LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, and there is a wide angle video camera for chats. The audio support comes from a 1.75-inch 10W speaker with two passive tweeters. The larger unit (in Bamboo) has a 10.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. This model features a 2-inch 10W speaker, and also contains a pair of passive tweeters. Both models support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and are powered by a Snapdragon 624 Mobile Platform equipped with an octa-core CPU. Up to 2GB of RAM is inside each Smart Display, along with 4GB of Flash memory.
Google Assistant will still do all of the 1 million+ actions available for the virtual personal assistant. Check out Lenovo's video which serves as a video tour of its new Smart Display devices. You'll find it at the top of this article. To purchase either model (starting tomorrow, July 27th) click on the sourcelink below.