In brief, it can do everything Google Assistant can do, and where there is supplementary video content, it can display that. For example, if you ask who Australia’s Prime Minister is, up pops ScoMo and offers several prompts is to learn more.
Web content needs to be updated for both voice and supplementary video information. Let’ just say that from this point forward most content will be suitable. At present recipe and cooking, sites abound.
Or you can watch YouTube videos or audio or being a Chromecast device; you can cast to it.
Video calling using Google Duo is as easy as entering your phone number, and you can have live and encrypted video calls with anyone in your contacts list. It is rating very well and is even available on iOS. Because it uses, Wi-Fi calling can be free. At this stage, it is for calls to one other phone at a time, but Hangout group functionality is coming.
It supports multi-room audio, Home view (security cameras) Next Doorbell and Live albums from Google Photos and routines.
Finally, it has all the Google Assistant features like Calendar, Maps, Search etc.
How does it sound?
Pretty good for a 2” 10W speaker with two passive tweeter ports that help overcome the frequency limitations of smaller speakers.
Maximum volume is 85dB with surprisingly little distortion. Hints of bass creep in at around 80dB and continue to 500dB. Mids are flat (good) strong to 10kHz and then treble drops off. It is a warm and sweet, easy listening sound signature. You can get a little more bass and treble from Google Home app.
We did not test the 8” version, but I suspect it would lose a bit of bass and treble giving it a more mid-focus that is fine for clear voice.
Lenovo Smart Display specifications (8” in brackets where different)
|Screen||10.1” 1920x 1200, IPS, 86° off-angle viewing (1280 x 800)|
|Camera||5MP wide-angle, 720p|
|Comms||Wi-Fi AC, MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE|
|SoC||Qualcomm 624, Octa-Core A53 1.8 GHz, 14 nm|
2″ 10W Full Range Speaker 2 x
(1.75″ 10W Full Range Speaker 2 x Passive Tweeters)
|Mics||2 x 2 (portrait and landscape) far-field good to 8 metres|
173.87 x 311.37 x 12.5 – 136.02 mm
(142.21 x 263.21 x 12.5 — 111.36 mm x 1kg)
|Buttons||Mic on/off, Camera on/off, volume up/down|
|Colour||Bamboo with white speaker grill (grey)|
|Price||$399 ($299) with a free Google Home Mini (while stocks last)|
GadgetGuy’s take. Lenovo Smart Display is the next evolution
I have been using OK Google for a few months, and it has become indispensable growing from a mini in the bedroom several speakers scattered throughout the house.
Adding a display opens up a depth to voice commands that I didn’t know it needed – until I used it.
So, an 8” will replace the Google Mini in the bedroom and a 10.1” will replace the Google Home in the kitchen. I already have the best OK Google speaker for music – the LG WK7, and that won’t change. My adult kids will appreciate re-gifted Google Home products for Xmas.
Lenovo has done a terrific job adding lovely hardware to Google Assistant.