It’s official. Lenovo will begin shipping the first Google Assistant smart display this weekend. Similar to what Echo Show does, Google’s smart displays will give you a way to interact with the voice assistant in a visual way.
These new devices were first spotted at CES this year. One of the tricks that they can do is instantly display maps and send them to your phone when you ask for directions. This is much better than listening and trying to visualize the maps.
Smart displays are also much better for things like recipes. Assistant will provide a step-by-step visual aid for recipes you look up that you can follow on screen. You can also get visual reports on weather, create and manage to-do lists and it can show you audio tracks you can listen to instead of randomly playing music. So there are some advantages to visuals over smart speakers.
And of course, you can play YouTube videos for cooking videos, make-up tutorials and anything else you want to watch. Lenovo’s Google-powered smart display is available in two sizes and colors, though all of them come with a 10-watt speaker. The 8-inch HD model is $200, while the 10-inch full HD one is $250.