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Lenovo’s $80 Smart Clock with Google Assistant now available

Lenovo already offers a line of smart displays that are basically the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show or Google’s Nest Hub. Now Lenovo is going after the Amazon Echo Spot. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a small device with a 4 inch touchscreen display, a speaker, and a microphone. It’s basically a Google Assistant-powered […]

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Facebook Portal smart display is going international, gaining WhatsApp support

Facebook’s Portal line of smart displays/video chat devices are getting support for new apps and features… and they’re going to new places. Less than a year after Facebook launched the 10 inch Portal and 15 inch Portal+ devices in the United States, the company says they’re heading to Canada in June and they’ll be available […]

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Lilbits 355: Intel’s next-gen low-power chips coming in 2020, better graphics in tow

We already knew Intel’s follow up to the Gemini Lake line of cheap, low-power Celeron and Pentium processors would probably be code-named Elkhart Lake and that the new chips could pack way more performance, possibly by combining high-performance “Sunny Cove” CPU cores, lower-power “Tremont” cores, and Intel Gen11 graphics. Now, if a leaked product roadmap […]

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Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 Android tablets are also Alexa speakers (rather than laptops)

Typically when we talk about 2-in-1 tablets, we mean tablets that can also be used as notebooks. Lenovo’s going in a different direction with a line of “Smart Tab” devices that you can use as a standalone android tablet or put in a docking station to use as an Amazon Alexa-enabled smart display. The Lenovo […]

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

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 […]

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LG launches a smart display with Google Assistant, 20W speakers

LG is the latest company to launch a smart display powered by Google Assistant. The system features an 8 inch HD touchscreen display, a 5MP front-facing camera for video calls, and stereo 20W speakers, which LG says are “the most powerful offered in a smart speaker,” which doesn’t seem exactly true. But the most impressive […]

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Google Home Hub uses different software than other Google Assistant smart displays

When JBL and Lenovo launched smart displays powered by Google Assistant this summer, the companies tapped into a platform Google announced at the start of the year. But when Google launched its own smart display this week, the company didn’t follow suit. The Google Home Hub is a $149 smart display with a 7 inch […]

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Facebook introduces Portal: A video chat device for $199 and up

Facebook’s smart display is here… but the Facebook Portal isn’t really the Amazon Echo competitor many folks had been expecting. In fact, Facebook is using Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant to power voice controls — so this is more of a collaboration with Amazon than a competition. You can talk to the device by saying “Hey […]

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Report: Facebook will announce a smart speaker/display next week

Amazon unveiled a whole bunch of new Alexa-enabled smart speakers and gadgets this week. Next week it may be Facebook’s turn. According to Cheddar, Facebook plans to introduce a set of smart displays that work a lot like Amazon’s Echo Show. You’ll be able to interact with it by voice and use the smart display […]

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Amazon’s new Echo Show has a 10 inch screen, better audio, and a web browser

Amazon is taking pre-orders for a 2nd gen Echo Show smart display. The new model has a bigger touchscreen display and new features, but still has the same $230 list price as its predecessors. Of course, these days you can often find the original Echo Show on sale for $100 off, so that still might […]

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Google Home Hub smart display leaked ahead of probable Oct 9th launch

Google is holding an event on October 9th where the company is expected to unveil its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, among other things. And not it looks like one of those other things could be the company’s first smart display powered by Google Assistant. MySmartPrice has posted what are allegedly the first […]