While you may think that the smaller Google Home can also do the same, the Smart Display adds value to the Assistant by giving it the luxury of a display to show things or help you make calls, just like Amazon's Echo Show.
What's more interesting is that JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony in particular will be launching smart speakers with touchscreens, akin to the Amazon Show, while the other companies may launch simpler, more affordable Assistant-powered devices.
Lenovo's first-ever Smart Display is powered by a Qualcomm SDA 624 processor, which is a part of Qualcomm's newly-announced Qualcomm Home Hub Platform.
The displays are available in a soft Grey or natural Bamboo color, it matches most wooden, glass or granite tabletops.3 It's flexible too - the display can be positioned horizontally or vertically to fit almost any space. Early photos of smart displays from partners like Lenovo show sleek rectangular devices meant to stand up on a counter like a picture frame.
When it comes to the build quality of the Lenovo Smart Display, it's pretty impressive.
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While the Smart Display naturally boasts Google Assistant built-in, you can expect Lenovo and the search giant to push the inclusion of Google Duo as a draw.
Found at assistant.google.com/explore, the website apparently highlights over one million actions you can undertake with the Google Assistant. But like the Amazon Echo Show, this information will also be served up on a screen. The 8-inch model costs $199 and the 10-inch model costs $249.
Smart headphones. Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony are all bringing Google Assistant to smart headphones.
Google Goes After the Amazon Echo Show with Assistant on Smart Displays. Everybody and their mother is announcing support for Alexa or Google Assistant with their devices, and frankly, it's a bit unnerving.
So, what are these smart displays? A power cord does appear to run through the back - so that will impact where you'll place the device. It has few buttons for volume adjustments, camera shutter, and mic-disable. It will be called JBL Link View.