Lenovo’s new Smart Clock brings Google Assistant to your nightstand

Lenovo’s new Smart Clock brings Google Assistant to your nightstand

Lenovo’s new Smart Clock brings Google Assistant to your nightstand

For 2019 that ideal is being distilled in different flavours, with the Lenovo Smart Clock doing exactly what it says on the tin: acting as a Google Assistant-powered bedside clock, with numerous great feature of Google Home Hub, but in a simplified format more suitable for an alarm clock.

It took a couple of years, but we finally have the ideal application of Google Assistant-an alarm clock.

Amazon unveiled the clock-sized Echo Spot a year ago, as a smaller alternative to the Echo Show. Only instead of being a hub for smart home control, or a dinky speaker with Google Assistant built in, its primary function is as a Google Assistant powered alarm clock.

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It's the Echo Spot vs. Lenovo Smart Clock. It doesn't need to display loads of data: ultimately it's a clock face (multiple faces are selectable), with various Google "cards" available to swipe through should you want to look at, say, the weather or open a music player.

From a UI perspective the device can operate exactly as any Google Home speaker can, with voice control, including multi-cast speaker groups and access to the Google Assistant verbal smart home controls and routines.

The Smart Clock's interface is a low-key affair. It also packs a mute switch to turn off the mic, and there's a USB port you can use to charge other devices, like your phone. It also lets you set alarms and timers with a shout and even get the news. You can use the touchscreen or your voice to call up any of the screens, and set alarms. Featuring a 4-inch IPS display, its brightness will adjust accordingly to the ambient lighting - making it easy on the eyes when both in bright and dim lighting situations. It's due to launch in the U.S. in their Spring with a retail price of $79.99 which would see it priced around the $120 AUD mark if / when it makes it here. The $80 Lenovo smart clock is expected to start shipping this spring.

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