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Lenovo announces portable smart alarm clock with speaker and Google Assistant

10 January 2019

Lenovo, a Chinese technology giant has officially unveiled a new smart clock, which is essentially a smaller version of its smart display that comes with Google Assistant. Those wanting to make their house a bit more user-friendly can choose from Smart Bulbs that have adjustable color brightness and temperature, Lenovo Smart Plugs that can be turned off remotely, and Smart Cameras that will help you keep an eye on your prized possessions. It's finished in a soft-touch grey material cladding that looks a lot like the Google Home Hub's finish - making it look like part of that family, in a sense. You know, all the things you probably actually use a Google Home or Echo product for.

Here's one of the funky clock faces. It does have a physical mute button and a USB port for charging a device (like your phone), and it has a 6W speaker built in for acceptable, but not exceptional audio.

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The Lenovo Smart Clock is exactly what the name implies: a smart speaker with a small display, made to fit on your bedside table.

The Smart Clock has an integrated speaker which, considering the size, sounds perfectly fine. Though it can certainly do that, as well as handle many other Google Assistant features, like providing the weather, controlling you smart home via voice (there's no onscreen control), handling wake up routines. If you have events loaded into your calendar, Assistant will also take those into account and make suggestions about alarms you should set to make sure you're up with time to spare. An OLED screen would cater better for this idea than an IPS LCD, however, which is one area that could be improved. Launched in USA at CES 2019 for a price tag of $80, the Lenovo Smart Clock is slated to be shipped from this spring. It's due to launch in the United States of America in their Spring with a retail price of $79.99 which would see it priced around the $120 AUD mark if / when it makes it here.

Lenovo announces portable smart alarm clock with speaker and Google Assistant