Lenovo’s new product is a smart Assistant for home. Surprisingly it is not running on Windows 10 but powered by Amazon’s Echo technology. However it’s not bad news for Microsoft as Bing runs most of Alexa’s smarts.
While google is still dominating the search engine world but slowly Bing is making its way with services like Amazon Echo or Apples’s Mac and iPhones.
Lenovo’s Smart Assistant is skinnier than Echo while features eight 360-degree far-field microphones with noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation. Designed to pick up users’ voice commands from up to 16 feet (5 meters) away.
For premium audio quality for music and home entertainment, the device comes with an option of a special Harman Kardon® edition ($50 extra)
“Our goal has never been to simply build smart home devices for the sake of advancing technology alone,” says Johnson Jia, Lenovo’s senior vice president, PC & Smart Device Business Group. “In the same way a person’s IQ is measured by applied knowledge, we believe products are ‘smart’ to the degree they’re actually understood and applied to daily life by their users”.
The basic Lenovo Smart Assistant starts at $129.99 ($50 cheaper than the Amazon Echo). It is available in Light Gray, Green and Orange beginning in May 2017. The Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon Edition starts at $179.99 (same price as the Amazon Echo, but with more powerful speakers), available beginning in May 2017.