Google on Monday announced that it is expanding the availability of Google Assistant to Smart displays. The search giant is working with Lenovo, Sony, LG and JBL to bring these Assistant-powered Smart displays to the market.
So, what are these smart displays?
These upcoming Smart displays are basically 7-inch to 10-inch touchscreens with an integrated speaker and a mic-array. Think of them as Google’s version of Amazon Echo Show. In addition to all the features of Google Assistant, these Smart displays will allow users to watch videos from YouTube, make video call with Google Duo, check photos from Google Photos and a lot more.
The Smart displays will run on Google’s Android Things platform, which has been built for Internet-of-things devices and is currently in developer preview. The final version is expected to be released later this year along with the availability of these newly announced Smart displays.
Google has revealed that the Lenovo, LG and JBL Smart displays will be powered by Qualcomm SD624 chipset with octa-core CPU. Sony’s smart displays will use MediaTek MT8173 SoM with quad-core CPU.
Lenovo Smart Displays
Although Sony and LG are yet to details their Smart displays, Lenovo has stated that it will bring two Smart displays with 8-inch and 10-inch touchscreens. The 8-inch model will have an HD screen, whereas the 10-inch model will include a full HD screen. They sport a clean and minimalist design.
The 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display has been priced at $249.99 and will come in Bamboo colour. The 8-inch model will retail at $199.99 in Grey colour. Both Smart displays are expected to be available early this summer.
JBL Link View
After Lenovo, JBL has now announced the details about its upcoming Smart display. It will be called JBL Link View. The Link View sports an 8-inch HD touchscreen and 5MP front camera. There are two front-firing stereo speakers and a rear-facing passive radiator as well in the device. It will go on sale in the US this summer. No word on the pricing.
LG ThinQ WK9
After Lenovo and Sony, now LG has revealed a couple of details about its upcoming smart display. It will be called LG ThinQ WK9 and looks like the image above. It sports an 8-inch screen of unknown resolution and uses Meridian Audio tech. There is a front camera as well. That’s all we know for now.