LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker makes mysterious CES 2018 debut

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Lenovo's teamed up with Google to create a rival to Amazon's Echo Show.

In related news, JBL also announced the LINK View, another smart display device running the Google Assistant out of the box, although we don't have any info about its price either. The report stated that over 70 million households will have at least one smart speaker and the total number of installed devices will be more than 175 million. eMarketer recently reported that 35.6 million US consumers would use a voice-activated device at least once per month in 2017, representing 128.9 percent growth over a year ago.

The Lenovo Smart Display with the Google Assistant built-in makes using the technology more than just audible, you'll be able to see the results, view videos and more. Sixty percent of owners now consider them a necessity.

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Lenovo took the wraps off a smart speaker with a nice difference to the Google Home, it has a screen. As the Smart Display features a FHD touchscreen, entering into the device will show you recent reminders, timers, music, or other interactive data. "By continuing to enhance their experience by adding HD display with a touch screen and a front-facing camera, people will find even more ways to make these speakers an important part of their lives, routines and enjoyment".

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Not a lot is known about the specs, but Google has confirmed the smart display will run on the Qualcomm SD624 Home Hub Platform.

Pricing details have yet to be announced, but JBL says the Link View will be available at some point this summer.

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

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