With Amazon dominating CES previous year with Alexa, it seems that Google can no longer ignore Alexa's growing influence even though Google Assistant is available on phones and tablets. The company came at Amazon's Echo Dot in late 2017 with the Google Home Mini, and now it's ready to tackle the Echo Show/Echo Spot with its new Smart Displays.
You can use Google Assistant to show you directions from Google Maps, do video calling on Google Duo, listen to music and check out your daily schedule.
Lenovo will sell the 8-inch Smart Display for $199, and upgrading to the larger 10-inch one will cost you $249. The LINK View will join the recently launched JBL LINK series.
The high-resolution touch screen and camera is framed by two front-firing stereo speakers and a rear-facing passive radiator, delivering JBL Signature Sound with rich, deep bass.
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The body as a whole favors an oval shape versus the rectangular nature of the Lenovo Smart Display, and while you won't find any bamboo back here, it's arguably the sleeker of the two thanks to the all-black paint job.
Now, staying true to Google's promise, LG has revealed its first Smart Display, dubbed the ThinQ WK9.
It has an 8-inch touchscreen display and speakers it says are tuned by Meridian Audio, on either side. The price point and release date are unspecified, and some distinguishing qualities from similar Amazon, Lenovo and JBL products would also be nice.
Sony is also working on a smart display with Google Assistant integration, but we've yet to see that model in the flesh.