CES 2018 | The Lenovo Smart Display is a tabletop tablet and Google Home rolled into one
Smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa, each running their respective ecosystems, are great for verbal interaction and audio responses, but some interactions benefit significantly from visual cues. This is where the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant comes into play.
The Lenovo Smart Display, which comes in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes, basically looks like a mash-up between a tablet and a smart speaker. It supports standard ‘Hey Google’ commands, allowing you to ask questions and have it read out appointments, weather, and so on, but the standout feature here is the integrated touchscreen. The touchscreen can be used at times when speaking isn’t appropriate, but it will be most useful when displaying material related to your questions. When asked what the weather is like for today, the smart assistant will generalize, while the screen can display hourly information. When the voice assistant says what your next appointment is, the screen can show all meetings for the day. Similar to the extra visual information that Google Assistant would give you on a phone. Requests to display YouTube videos, start playing music, or adjust smart home devices will also work as expected. Keep in mind that this isn't a full Android experience, and only certain apps are supported.
Both versions sport a Snapdragon SDA 624 SoC (part of the newly announced Qualcomm Home Hub Platform), 10-Watt speaker, 2 x dual microphone array, 5 MP webcam for video calls, 2 x 2 802.11ac Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth BLE, and Google Assistant. Screen resolution is 1280 x 800 for the smaller model and 1920 x 1200 for the larger model.
The Lenovo Smart Display is expected to be available from July 2018 and will retail for US$200 (8-inch) or US$250 (10-inch).
|Lenovo Smart Display 8-inch||Lenovo Smart Display 10-inch|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 624||Qualcomm Snapdragon 624|
|Audio||1.75-inch 10-Watt speaker with dual passive radiator||2-inch 10-Watt speaker with dual passive radiator|
|Microphone||2 x 2 Dual microphone array||2 x 2 Dual microphone array|
|RAM and Storage||up to 2 GB RAM / up to 4 GB Storage||up to 2 GB RAM / up to 4 GB Storage|
|Buttons||Volume, microphone mute, camera shutter||Volume, microphone mute, camera shutter|
|Display||8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS||10-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS|
|Camera||5 MP wide angle (front)||5 MP wide angle (front)|
|Dimensions||263 x 142 x 111 mm (10.3 x 5.5 x 4.3 inches)||311 x 174 x 136 mm (12.2 x 6.8 x 5.3 inches)|
|Wireless||2x2 802.11ac WiFi, 2.4/5.0 GHz, MIMO||2x2 802.11ac WiFi, 2.4/5.0 GHz, MIMO|
Lenovo Press Release