Lenovo has unveiled a new smart home assistant at CES 2017. Called Lenovo Smart Assistant, the Amazon Echo look-a-like is powered by Amazon’s cloud-based Alexa software, with better audio, and starts at just $129, which is comparatively a lower price point against the Echo’s.
Built in collaboration with Amazon, the elegantly designed Lenovo Smart Assistant recognizes users’ voice commands and uses Alexa to conduct web searches, play music, create lists, provide calendar updates and much more.
Being powered by a cloud-based service helps improve the functionality of the digital assistant overtime. The device packs an Intel Celeron N3060 processor with a 5-watt tweeter and 10-watt woofer, and has eight 360-degree far-field microphones with noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation, allowing you to voice control the device from up to 5 meters away.
The upper half of the device is silver color while the bottom has a woven fabric design with several color options in tow.
You will be able to use the Alexa app as well as other third-party smart home devices with the Smart Assistant. It’s smart just like the Amazon Echo, but with better audio. While the standard variant of the Lenovo Smart Assistant is priced at $130, the Harman Kardon edition will cost an additional $50 for premium audio experience. Both models will be available beginning in May.