Len­ovo Smart Dis­play

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Ama­zon has brought put a screen on an Echo de­vice in June last year, with the Echo Show (though it took a few months longer to reach the UK). Now, more than half a year later, Google has fi­nally caught up, part­ner­ing with third-party man­u­fac­tur­ers to build its own Echo Show ri­vals pow­ered by Google As­sis­tant.

LG, JBL, and other man­u­fac­tur­ers are all work­ing on Google As­sis­tant de­vices with dis­plays, but the most

im­pres­sive so far is the Len­ovo Smart Dis­play. We went hands-on with the new de­vice at CES 2018, and here’s what we thought.


The Len­ovo Smart Dis­play doesn’t have a firm re­lease date yet, but it’s ex­pected to ar­rive – in the US at least – in “early sum­mer”. We’re not sure yet if other mar­kets will get it at the same time, but we’ll up­date this when the re­lease date is more def­i­nite.

As for pric­ing, the Smart Dis­play will cost $199 (around £143) or $249 (around £179), de­pend­ing on whether you opt for the 8in or 10in model. Again, we don’t have spe­cific UK pric­ing just yet, but will up­date this when we do. Ei­ther way, the pric­ing is in line with the Echo Show, which Ama­zon sells for £199.


At first glance, the Len­ovo Smart Dis­play looks a lot like a tablet with an over­sized speaker grille at one end – ei­ther the left-hand side or the bot­tom, de­pend­ing on which ori­en­ta­tion you choose.

From the back, though, there’s an an­gu­lar wedge shape to the base to help keep it up­right.

As we said above, the Smart Dis­play comes in two dif­fer­ent sizes of dis­play: 8- or 10in. There are a few other dif­fer­ences be­tween the two mod­els though – the most ob­vi­ous be­ing the fin­ish.

While both mod­els are white on the front, the 8in comes with a muted grey on the rear while the larger de­vice comes with a bam­boo fin­ish in­stead. Both look at­trac­tive enough, but since they’re on the rear of the

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