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Lenovo Smart Display gives Google's Assistant a screen

13 Enero 2018, 07:13 | Crisanna Felipe

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It's also coming to new headphones and speakers. It features a privacy shutter to keep the view private, and when not in use, serves up images from Google Photos.

We've already seen Amazon Alexa popping up in more non-Amazon devices at CES, including being built right into a light switch - and Google is taking the same approach.

"This tablet will come in two display sizes - 8" and 10" - and perhaps one of my favorite things about it is the kickstand which is shaped in a way that'll make it easy for you to stand it in both portrait and landscape. The Echo Spot is a lot cheaper at just $US130 ($166), while the Echo Show costs $US230 ($293) - both versions will be released in Australia early this year, though pricing has yet to be announced. Similar to the Amazon Echo Show, this new smart display from Lenovo does everything a smart speaker can do, with a display.

There's a kickstand built into the back that'll let you prop the screen up either horizontally or vertically. The bottom of the display, near the speaker is much thicker, it is actually formed in a triangle which looks really nice actually.

For starters, these Smart Displays have more appealing designs than the boring boxy $229 Echo Show, which has a smaller 7-inch display.

What we do know is that it sports an 8-inch touch display, has a front facing camera, and should sound pretty good, thanks to dual speakers that are tuned by Meridian Audio.

Underneath the simple exterior is a Snapdragon 624 CPU, 2GB RAM and 4GB storage.

But a major selling point for any such product is the content you'll be able to watch on them, and Amazon and Google have a spat over Amazon showing Google-owned YouTube videos on Echo Show devices.

Google has teamed up with hardware manufacturers for the new gadgets. You can use the displays in either portrait or landscape mode.

It's technically running on Android Things, a variant of Android that's custom-designed for IoT. But it's not launching a Google Home with a screen.

The smart displays allow you to use Google Assistant just as you would any other Google Assistant-enabled speaker such as a Google Home. Google revoked YouTube access for Amazon's Echo Show past year, and the following issues between the two companies led to Google removing YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV devices as well.

Available in two size options of 8- and 10-inches, the two Lenovo smart displays share the same basic specification.

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