Lenovo unveiled new gadgets to smarten up your dumb home

News Smart HomeLenovo’s Smart Assistant is a $129 Alternative to the Amazon Echo

The Lenovo Smart Assistant is also created to run Lenovo smart home devices as well as scores of existing third-party products to expand consumers' options. It includes the trigger button for calling on Alexa coupled with volume controls but the mute button seems to be missing in action.

We'll just have to wait until May to see how well Lenovo Smart Assistant does against its competition, but one thing that we do know now is that the smart assistant speaker category is still heating up. The highlight of Lenovo Smart Assistant is its price- $50 cheaper than the Amazon Echo (the same price as Google Home in case you were wondering).

The base model, minus the Harmon Kardon audio chops, undercuts the Echo a little at a USA price of $130, while the premium version sits at $170. Though pricing advantage clearly works in Lenovo's favor, there is no real difference between Lenovo's Smart Assistant and the Amazon Echo. Check out these mobile Bluetooth options.

Microphones: The Lenovo device's microphone portion protrudes from the top of the device and has eight far-field microphones instead of seven. Thus, comes in Smart Assistant, which seems to be inspired by Amazon and Google's smart speaker designs. A special edition developed with Harman Kardon with premium audio features will also launch in May, for Dollars 179.99. The standard version will cost $130, while the Harmon Kardon edition will be $180.

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Amazon's Alexa is the brain of its Echo and digital assistant efforts, and the company is rapidly beginning to distribute the technology into other products. There is also an integrated facial recognition software, which can organize your entire photo library based on faces. To that end, the company is also launching a model of the Smart Assistant made with audio company Hardon Karmon.

Lenovo is yet to announce when we can expect the Smart Assistant in the United Kingdom, with UK pricing not yet announced either.

The product will cost $139.99 when it ships in May, although it's not clear whether you also get the 6TB of storage for that price or not.

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