Tuesday , August 21 2018

Artificial intelligence appears to have been all the rage at CES 2018, and Lenovo and Google have paired up to bring us the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant built-in. Featuring a full HD touchscreen, modern design and Assistant built in, it takes effortless AI around the house to a new level.

It can do everything that Google Home can do, but with a visual element. Instead of having your calendar read to you, you can see it. Instead of hearing travel time, you can see your journey plotted on a map which you can interact with. You can even watch YouTube Videos or make Google Duo video calls, without needing your phone around. It’s voice controlled, and easily accessible. It’s the next big thing in home AI, no doubt.

Lenovo Smart Display is powered by the newly announced Qualcomm Home Hub Platform based on the Qualcomm SDA 624 SoC which features integrated CPU, GPU and DSP as well as robust Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Available in both 8-inch and 10-inch models, the Lenovo Smart Display rotates from portrait to landscape mode at your preference, so you can see videos in wide screen, and flip to a portrait orientation for a video call as needed.

The Lenovo Smart Display’s clean, minimalist design not only blends into your home but also adds a modern touch to it. Available in a soft Grey or natural Bamboo color, it matches most wooden, glass or granite tabletops. When not in use, the display doubles as a digital picture frame – showcasing an ambient screen of beautiful pictures from a personally selected album in Google Photos, or another background image of your choosing.

The 10-inch Lenovo Smart Display starts at $US249.99 and the 8-inch model starts at $US199.99, both expected to be available within the next few months. We’ll likely see them in Australia, but pricing and availability are to be confirmed.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Isn’t this just a tablet? What’s the difference between this and any old Android tablet with the google assistant app installed?

Greg McPherson
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If it does Duo, yeah, I kinda want it.
The Mini I got for Christmas has converted me.
The things are rather cool

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Yeh I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve asked the mini the weather forecast, just to hear someone talk to me.

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