At CES 2019, Lenovo has introduced two new smarthome products: the Smart Clock with Google Assistant and the Smart Tab with Alexa. The former is sort of a mini version of the company’s existing Smart Display, while the latter is a tablet and Echo Show in one.
The Smart Clock has a 4-inch display and is meant to be a bedside clock for your nightstand. You can use it to set alarms, play music, look at your calendar appointments for the day, and even use it with Google Assistant’s Routines feature, like creating routines for going to bed and waking up in the mornings. There’s even a USB-A port on the back to plug in and charge your smartphone, which is a nice added touch.
The Smart Clock works very similarly to other Google Assistant smart displays, like the Home Hub and Lenovo’s existing Smart Display. However, it’s not an identical experience by any means, since the Smart Clock is running Android Things.
The good news, though, as that the user interface and various swiping actions and taps are still very similar and familiar to those who use a traditional smart display.
The Lenovo Smart Clock will retail for $79 and be available at some point in the spring this year.
As for the Smart Tab, it’s essentially an Android tablet that comes with Alexa, but it also has a dock that also has a built-in Bluetooth speaker. So you can use it as an Android tablet, then dock it and use it as an Echo Show.
There two different models of the Smart Tab that will be available, the M10 and the P10. Both are running Snapdragon 450 processors and have 10″ 1920×1200 displays. The M10 comes with either 2GB or 3GB of memory, 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 2MP front camera, and a 5MP rear camera starting at $199. Whereas the P10 can have up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera starting at $299.
The tablet is certainly nothing to write home about, but the fact that you can get it for $199 says a lot about how overpriced the Echo Show is at $229, especially with the competing Home Hub from Google priced at just $150.