Lenovo's Google Assistant Smart Display goes on sale in the UK

Smart speakers get screens

Lenovo's Smart Display hits the UK

Hot on the heels of the Google Home Hub announcement, the Lenovo Smart Display is now on sale in the UK.

On sale in the US since July, the Google Assistant powered speaker is available to buy for $199 and $249 depending on whether you go for the 8-inch or 10.1-inch models. Lenovo's Smart Display will be sold on Lenovo's website and in retailers including Very, Littlewoods and Costco.

Read this: Lenovo Smart Display review

What's a smart display? Well, it's a sort of smart speaker meets tablet that's designed to be propped up around the house and show you - not just tell you - the answers to your everyday queries. That means stuff like directions on maps, recipes, Google Duo calls, feeds from your Nest Cam and YouTube videos.

You can also cast movies and videos from your phone and it works with Google Assistant Routines like "Good morning" with Home Hub style smart home controls and multi-room audio coming very soon via an update.

The 8-inch Smart Display has a 1280 x 800 HD display and the 10.1-inch has a 1920 x 1200 Full HD display. Both have dual-array mics that pick up commands from eight meters away and are flanked by 10W speakers with passive tweeters. And they both run on the Qualcomm 624 Home Hub Platform.

They can be placed in portrait or horizontal and are available in soft grey (8-inch) and natural bamboo finishes (10.1-inch) to be more home friendly. There's also a 5MP front-facing camera (with a physical cover), Bluetooth and - of course - Wi-Fi.

As well as the JBL Link View, there's more smart displays to come from Archos, LG and Sony and we're currently also testing the new Amazon Echo Show for 2018.


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