The Lenovo Smart Assistant should come to offer another variant for those looking for an Amazon Alexa powered device as well as other innovations.
The tech industry is just a couple of days away from CES 2017. As the fair will begin on January 05, many companies have already revealed some of their new products. Lenovo is one such company.
After it announced the changes brought to its ThinkPad series, it has recently revealed a new product. Lenovo announced the future release of its own smart assistant.
Lenovo Smart Assistant will be an Amazon Alexa-powered device. The company has offered both tech details as well as photos of its new device.
Some have gone to point out its resemblance to the Amazon Echo. However it may be, the “Lenovo Smart Assistant with Amazon Alexa” is the achievement of an Amazon-Lenovo partnership.
The device will be a cylindrical smart speaker. It will have a solid upper half that will be topped by a fabric speaker grill. On the top, it will sport a raised control surface. This will, in its part, be ringed by a chrome volume ring.
The fabric grill will have multiple color options. However, it will not be removable so only one color will be available. Available colors will include Light Gray, Orange, or Harman Black.
Specifications also mention a Harman Edition model. This will have a color scheme including an all-black, light gray, orange, or green grills beside a white upper half.
The Harman Edition will also include an additional acoustic sound cavity. As such, the two-inch cavity should ensure an enhanced audio performance.
Standard Lenovo Smart Assistants will have a 10W Woofer and a 5W Treble speakers pair. It will also sport an Amazon Alexa software feature, related to sound. As it is, it will be equipped with eight far-field microphones that should cancel such noises.
It will be powered by an Intel processor, the Celeron N3060. The Smart Assistant will also have a storage capacity of 8GB and 2GB of RAM. An 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 will also be featured on the device.
As it will be powered by Alexa, the Lenovo Smart Assistant will have access to all its functionalities. As such, it will be able to stream music and search the Internet. It could provide help with recipes or banking or maybe call an Uber.
There are currently over tens of thousands of available Alexa “skills”. These can be configured through the Amazon Alexa app. This latter can be downloaded on either an Android or iOS version.
Recently, the Amazon Alexa announced that they will continue developing “skills”. As quite a large variety are available, even more are expected to follow. This should come to account for a highly customizable, multiskilled Alexa-powered device.
Both the Lenovo Smart Assistant and the Harman Edition should become available starting with May, this year. They will, however, have different prices.
The Lenovo Smart Assistant should cost about $129.99. Its Harman Edition should come at a price tag of about $179.99.
Their cost will be one other difference when compared to the already available Amazon Echo line of products. Further details and a preview of the Lenovo Smart Assistant will probably be offered during CES.
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