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

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

That screen is small in scale, but spot on for an alarm clock size.

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. The product is just portable enough to mount on the nightstand, unlike the Google Home Hub which would take up the limited space usually available on the stand.

It's a compact smart display with a 4-inch touchscreen and fabric cover, and it's created to live on your nightstand.

It's a clever idea, but one that doesn't seem fully fleshed out yet - ideally, you should have the option to set the alarm sound to start playing earlier and grow louder over time, too.

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On the other hand, Amazon's Echo Spot alarm clock with Alexa was introduced in the market more than a year ago.

Talking more about Lenovo's smart clock, the device packs a 4-inch touchscreen and a fabric cover that looks similar to the material used on the Google's Home Mini. Both sell their own hardware - Amazon's Echo and Google's Home - but are increasingly getting their smart speaker software into millions of third-party devices.

Since the Smart Clock uses Google Assistant, you'll be able to control all of your Assistant-compatible smart home devices, so you can do things like check in on your connected cameras and lock your doors at night.

Rather than being trying to bombard users with more information on-screen, the Lenovo Smart Clock is more reactive and discrete. Being a Google Assistant device, it'll automatically set alarms based on your habits, but you can also manually set them as well. 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.

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