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Google Assistant may have completely taken over the ongoing CES 2018 exhibition, powering not just a large number of "conventional" speakers and headphones unveiled in Las Vegas this week, but also a new trio of "smart displays".

"When we launched the LINK series past year it represented a major milestone for us, as the first voice-activated, multi-room speakers to use Google Assistant and deliver Grammy® award-winning JBL sound", said Lou Schreurs, VP, Connected Home & Luxury Audio BU, General Management. It will work with all generations of Dish's Hopper DVR, all models of its Joey client, and its Wally single-tuner HD receiver. The Lenovo Smart Display comes in an 8 inch and 10 inch variant and looks pretty great too. The Lenovo Smart Display also has a camera, which has a physical lens cover, to be used for intercom communication, video feeds facilitated through Nest, or likely other Wi-Fi cameras, and even video calls carried out through Google Duo integration.

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JBL's Smart Display goes by the name of the Link View, and while it serves the same general objective as the Lenovo Smart Display, its design is quite a bit different. There's a 5MP camera above it and a JBL logo at the bottom and both the left and right side are flanked by two 10W stereo speakers that are paired with a passive radiator on the back to enable "rich, deep bass". It's priced at $499 and also has Chromecast and Bluetooth 4.2 built-in.

Now, staying true to Google's promise, LG has revealed its first Smart Display, dubbed the ThinQ WK9. Neither specs or renders for the speaker have been released, and as such, there's not a whole lot we can say about it right now.

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