The Lenovo Smart Display, the first Google Assistant-enabled device with a screen, is now available. Although the device was only on the market for a few days, some reviews have been published, saying that the smart speaker with a display has better design and features compared with Amazon’s Echo Show.
Amazon Echo Show is designed to have the touch screen sitting above the speaker. Lenovo lets the touchscreen sit right to the speaker. Lenovo devices have a larger screen than the Echo Show as well as a better look, comments Mashable.
In terms of sound quality, the Lenovo device with dual 2×2 microphones works well to pick up the “Hey Google” trigger words, and its single speaker has a lot clearer sound than the Echo Show.
The Lenovo Smart Display is very similar to other Google Assistant-powered speakers, but its screen presents much more information than sound. For example, when users ask the assistant to turn on the lights, a screen will pop up to let users further adjust the brightness and color temperature; while asking about directions and traffic, the speaker says how long it takes to get there and the Smart Display shows the routes in Google Maps on the screen.
Furthermore, when cooking dinner, users may ask the smart assistants for help. Google Smart Display can present an easy-to-follow and step-by-step slideshows on the screen and provides tutorials on YouTube as well.
The information presentation on the Google Smart Display syncs well with all of Google’s services, including Calendar, Translate, Google Photos, Google Maps and YouTube.
This is how Google differentiates its touchscreen smart speaker from Amazon’s – the search giant has more existing services to integrate with its smart assistant and display.
Moreover, the Smart Display gives a short sentence with a lot of visual answers. Amazon Alexa reads out voice responds loud on the Echo Show, which came out one year earlier than the Smart Display.
“In the end, the most shocking thing about the Smart Display is how much better it is than the Echo Show overall,” comments Gizmodo.
The Lenovo Smart Display is now available at US$199 for the 8-inch screen model and US$249 for the 10-inch model. Other manufacturers like Sony, LG and JBL are also planning to release Google Assistant-powered display devices.
With the disadvantage of having YouTube removed by Google from the Echo Show, Amazon might need to improve its touchscreen UI to defend its leadership position in the smart display speaker product category.