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Lenovo Smart Display

July 26, 2018.

Lenovo Smart Display.

Smart Display. © Lenovo.

The first smart device running on Android Things is here. The “Smart Display” is a smart speaker with built-in touchscreen, like Amazon’s Echo Show, but using Google Assistant. Android Things is a lite version of the Android system, specifically developed for connected objects. Smart Display is designed to enhance the Google Assistant experience thanks to a screen that displays the weather, recipes, smart home controls, Duo video calls, YouTube videos, etc. Thanks to its Qualcomm SDA624 System on a Module (SoM), it delivers respectable performance and a very reactive touchscreen interface. Smart Display comes in two flavours, one with an 8-inch screen (1260 x 800) and the other with a 10-inch screen (1920 x 1200), for US$200 and US$250 respectively. In comparison, Amazon’s Echo Show has a 7-inch screen (1024 x 600) and costs US$230. Google is giving Smart Display owners three months’ free access to YouTube Premium service.

Ars Technica, “Lenovo Smart Display review: The Google Assistant now has a face.”