LG Announces ThinQ WK9 Smart Display With Google Assistant - CES 2018

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The price point and release date are unspecified, and some distinguishing qualities from similar Amazon, Lenovo and JBL products would also be nice.

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced the launch of JBL LINK View, a voice-controlled, smart display speaker with the Google Assistant built in.

We've already seen a lot of cool tech from CES 2018, but if there's one thing that's been apparent throughout the show, it's that Google is betting it all on Google Assistant. Sixty percent of owners now consider them a necessity.

Now, staying true to Google's promise, LG has revealed its first Smart Display, dubbed the ThinQ WK9. The Lenovo Smart Display also has a camera, which has a physical lens cover, to be used for intercom communication, video feeds facilitated through Nest, or likely other Wi-Fi cameras, and even video calls carried out through Google Duo integration.

The high-resolution touch screen and camera is framed by two front-firing stereo speakers and a rear-facing passive radiator, delivering JBL Signature Sound with rich, deep bass. Lenovo is aiming to make Smart Display your all-in-one in-home entertainment/assistant device. In late 2017, Juniper Research reported that smart devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in 55 percent of USA households by 2022.

It will first be released in the U.S. mid-year, however there is no word on when it will reach Australia and no word on pricing.

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