Lenovo Smart Clock goes on sale next week, becoming cheapest Smart Display

Google has its own take on the Amazon Echo Spot

Lenovo's Smart Clock goes on sale next week
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The Lenovo Smart Clock will go on sale in the US, Canada and UK next week, after first being unveiled back at CES 2019 in January.

Challenging Amazon's Echo Spot for space on your bedside table, the alarm clock is immediately the smallest smart display featuring Google Assistant - and the cheapest, coming in at $79.99 when it goes on sale on 3 June. And right now, it'll remain the only smart alarm clock, with Lenovo telling us Google isn't currently playing a foray into smart alarm clocks itself just yet.

Just reviewed: Lenovo Smart Clock verdict

In terms of user interface, some things are understandably barer than what we've seen through Lenovo's other Google Smart Displays. Home View has been stripped back to show just three panels, with home control only available via voice commands, and there's now no camera - good from a privacy perspective.

Lenovo Smart Clock goes on sale next week, becoming cheapest Smart Display

Instead, Lenovo and Google have worked together to hone in on what you'll really be using this device for. Neat touches like tapping the top of the device will snooze or stop your alarm, and there's even a USB port in the back to charge your phone.

Like the Google Nest Hub, it also has an ambient light sensor, meaning the device's display will mirror the light around it, and there's even a sunrise alarm feature that gradually lights up the display in the half hour before it sounds. Like the family of Smart Displays, saying, "Stop", will now also simply kill the alarm - none of this, "Hey Google, stop", business.

Lenovo Smart Clock goes on sale next week, becoming cheapest Smart Display

(On the back sits the power socket, mute button and USB port)

If you have your routines set in the Home app, you can wake up to Spotify, with the 4-inch, 800 × 480 touchscreen holding a 1.5-inch, 6W speaker in its fabric mesh rear. There's also neat integration with apps like Headspace, but a deliberate omission of an app like YouTube, since the aim here is to avoid filling your room with more distractions, say Lenovo.

Lenovo Smart Clock goes on sale next week, becoming cheapest Smart Display

(Lenovo Smart Clock will show a live feed of your Nest cameras)

We'll be testing the Lenovo Clock over the coming few days and delivering our in-depth verdict. However, first impressions of this puny smart display are good - Lenovo appears to have taken care and worked to deliver something especially for the bedside table, not simply another Smart Display in smaller clothing.


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