Amazon’s Echo Spot is going to get some competition in the smart, touchscreen alarm clock space this year.

We already started to see some Google Assistant-powered smart displays last year, designed to take on Amazon’s Echo Show line of devices. Now Lenovo has taken things to a smaller scale.

The Lenovo Smart Clock has a 4 inch touchscreen display, Google Assistant software, and a $79 price tag — making it $50 cheaper than Amazon’s Echo Spot. The only catch is that you can’t buy it yet: the Lenovo Smart Clock won’t ship until the spring.

I fully expect Amazon to drop the price of the Spot by then — the company has a habit of price matching Google Assistant-powered devices. But Lenovo’s Smart Clock still looks like a promising device for folks that prefer Google’s digital assistant to Amazon’s.

It sports a 4 inch, 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, a 1.5 GHz MediaTek 8167S processor (with 4 ARM Cortex-A35 CPU cores and PowerVR GE8300 graphics), 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

It has a 3 watt speaker, volume buttons, a mic mute button, and a USB port on the back that you can use to plug in your phone or other gear to charge… a feature that would seem strange if it weren’t for the fact that this device is clearly meant to rest on a nightstand next to your bed.

Data Sheet (PDF)

via Ars Technica and Lenovo

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4 replies on “Lenovo introduces a 4 inch Google Assistant-powered Smart Clock (coming soon for $79)”

  1. Hmmm! A device with a microphone next to your bed,
    that you plug your phone into,
    – from a Chinese company!?
    The perfect hacking device!! – I’m sure the government will want to get some of their own programs preloaded into that!

    1. What, to record your snoring? There’s a hardware switch for the mic – and besides, you think they can get anything from a *clock* that they won’t already have from your phone? I’m as privacy-conscious as the next guy, but this is just daft.

      1. Guess you are too young to have heard of Mata Hari? but spies know people readily reveal secrets in the bedroom, where they think they are safest.

        – I wonder whether such technology makes spies more efficient or puts them out of work?

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