CES 2018 | LG previews their premium Google Assistant ThinQ smart speaker ahead of CES
Ahead of CES in early January, LG has teased three new audio products. The first is a 550-Watt 5.1.2 channel soundbar with Dolby Atmos and 24bit/192kHz audio. The second is a mammoth party speaker that boasts an 1800-watt output in addition to karaoke modes, lights, and multiple input options. The third new product is the ThinQ smart speaker, LG’s first premium smart speaker powered by Google Assistant.
Earlier this month LG announced their ThinQ brand to identify all of their home appliances, consumer electronics, and services that utilize AI technology. This includes AI such as Google Assistant and Alexa as well as LG’s own platform. LG is touting the ThinQ speaker's audio abilities in addition to the range of voice interaction possibilities, saying that it “makes no comprises on sound thanks to Meridian Audio technology.” The ThinQ Speaker supports high-quality lossless files (likely FLAC), and as a Google Assistant speaker, we would expect it to play the standard range of compressed file formats and online streaming options.
LG has promised more details to come during CES, however, based on the emphasis put on its audio capabilities and the teaser image, we would expect it to be a step up from the regular Google Home, but possibly not as much as the Google Home Max.