Lenovo Smart Display 7 tries to find the smart speaker sweet spot

IFA 2019: Google Assistant lives on Lenovo's 7-inch display

Lenovo Smart Display 7 revealed
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If you like your smart speakers as large as possible, Lenovo has the 10-inch and 8-inch Smart Displays. If you prefer them as small as they can go, there's the dinky Lenovo Smart Clock. But what if you want something somewhere in the middle?

Enter the new Lenovo Smart Display 7, the company's latest smart speaker, named for its 7-inch, 1024 x 700 resolution screen. Will it rock you to your very core with groundbreaking new features? No. But it's a perfectly serviceable Google Assistant speaker that Lenovo hopes is at the right size.

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We got some hands-on time with the new Smart Display over in Berlin at IFA and the sound is pretty good. It's not going to be your main speaker but, for the odd bit of YouTubing or the occasional music video it'd be fine.

The whole thing measures 7 inches tall and a little over 6 inches across, with the bottom portion left for the two 5W speakers and passive radiator.

While the Lenovo Smart Display 7 is directly competing with the Nest Hub in size, in terms of the overall look we'd liken it to the Facebook Portal. Unlike the Nest Hub there's a front-facing 2MP camera for video calls. On the back you'll find a mute switch for turning the Google Assistant mic off.

The Google Assistant should function just the same as it does on any other Google Smart Display, giving you visual feedback when asked questions, and letting you control all of your smart home devices. That includes streaming footage from Assistant-compatible smart cameras to the display.

Lenovo's partnership with Google isn't exclusive, but it currently doesn't offer Alexa in any of its dedicated smart speakers. For those who prefer Amazon's assistant, the company has its Alexa Smart Tab two-in-one.

The Smart Display 7 costs $129.99 and will go on sale in October, with an exact date TBD.

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