CES 2018: LG’s Google Assistant Ready Smart Display Revealed
At CES 2018, Google announced the support for Google Assistant for Smart Displays. Lenovo was the one of the first companies to unveil a Google Assistant powered Smart Display, with their yet-to-be-named product. JBL comes in second, with their Link View Smart Display. LG is the third manufacturer to get on board the bandwagon as they too have announced the release of the LG ThinQ WK9.
LG's Smart Display is set to have an 8-inch touchscreen enabled panel (we don't know the resolution yet, but it's most likely HD). It has “Tuned by Meridian Audio” speakers on both sides, while the front-facing camera is above it. The front-facing camera will come in handy for video calling, using Google Duo. While Google Duo hasn't seen much love from the users so far, we hope that it gets the attention it deserves after its integration with more smart devices.
Get Smartphone Like Features Even When Away From Your Smartphone
The whole idea behind Smart Displays is to serve as an in-house assistant for all your daily needs. Want to look up recipes online in your kitchen (without running the risk of smudging up your smartphone with cooking grease)? Ask the LG ThinQ WK9 and it'll play it on YouTube for you. Want to know the traffic conditions on your way to work? One voice command and you'll have it right in front of you, via Google Maps.
Other features of the smart display include Chromecast-esque casting, making phone calls and work in tandem with other Google Assistant enabled devices in your home. Not much more is known about the specifications of the LG ThinQ WK9, and the official product page on the LG page redirects to a blank space when you click on "Tech Specs".
The LG ThinQ WK9 is most likely powered by Qualcomm’s SD624 Home Hub Platform, as seen in Lenovo's and JBL's variants and we can expect it to be an industry standard of sorts until better hardware is released. We can also expect support for 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and a USB port. The notch on the top is most likely a shutter for the camera or a mute button for the microphone, we don't know yet, but we'll keep you updated.
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