The long awaited launch of the Google Assistant powered Lenovo Smart Displays has finally begun, with Google announcing they’re now widely available at stores and online in the US. There’s good news though, with Lenovo Australia confirming that both displays will be coming to Australia.
The Lenovo Smart Displays are the first to arrive, with other models from LG and JBL – which we checked out at Google I/O – also set to be launched in the future.
There are two models which have launched, one with an 8″ 1280×800 resolution display, and a second with a 10.1″ 1920×1200 resolution display. The Smart Displays are powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and come with 4GB of on-board storage. A 5MP front-facing camera (with a manual cover switch for privacy), dual microphones and a 10W speaker are included allowing for video playback or video conferencing with Google Duo.
The Smart Displays, which feature Google Assistant are powered by the Android Things platform which was launched from Beta just prior to Google I/O this year. Google has been updating Google Assistant with more visual aspects such as watching YouTube videos, seeing Cooking demos, see the weather forecast, see your Google Photos feed and lots more.
Lenovo has priced the 8″ model at USD$149.99 (around AUD$204) while the 10.1″ display is selling for USD$229.99 (around AUD$312).
Google has said the Smart Displays are currently only available in the US through Walmart, BestBuy.com, Amazon.com, Costco.com, SamsClub.com, Lenovo.com and other stores. The good news is that Lenovo Australia has confirmed to Ausdroid that they will be available in Australia, however they can’t supply details on availability or pricing just yet.
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