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Lenovo Aims at Echo with Cheaper Clone

Olivia Long - January 3, 2017 - 02:51 PM
Lenovo Aims at Echo with Cheaper Clone
Lenovo's new Smart Assistant boasts all of the Amazon Echo's biggest selling points at a fraction of the price.

(CCM) — For a while, Amazon has had a leg up in the smart speaker industry with its successful Echo speaker. But Lenovo's Smart Assistant, which was revealed on Tuesday at CES 2017, is poised to steal that spot, boasting Alexa connectivity and an impressive sound system. It is available in a range of colors and features eight total microphones, useful for "listening" to commands from up to 16 feet away whenever Alexa is activated. In addition to voice commands — which enable the device to search the web, play music, make lists, and update your calendar — the speaker is compatible with the Alexa app. And this all is available at a retail price of just $129.99 — $50 cheaper than Amazon's Echo.

"Our goal has never been to simply build smart home devices for the sake of advancing technology alone," said Johnson Jia, Senior Vice President of Lenovo's 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 Lenovo Smart Assistant is set to hit retail shelves in May 2017.

Image: © Lenovo.
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