CES 2017 kicks off today and the announcements of new products and devices are already starting. Lenovo announced the Amazon Alexa powered Lenovo Smart Assistant today, a competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home. The cylinder shaped device looks somewhat similar to the Echo but has a bit more aesthetic appeal. The top half of it is white with a 360-degree microphone and speaker combination on the top of it. The bottom half is more similar to Google home with the woven overlay that is available in several colors.
The Lenovo Smart Assistant is powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 process, has one 5w speaker and one 10w speaker for audio.
The base model of the Smart Assistant will start at $129 while for $50 more, you can get a Harman Kardon edition for superior audio quality. That audio quality, even in the standard model, is how
Lenovo is separating itself from Echo with this device. They claim it has far better sound quality, one of the key criticisms of the Echo. That said, Google Home has excellent sound quality so the pitch there is to keep you in the Amazon ecosystem instead of Google.
The new Lenovo Smart Assistant will be available in May.