Lenovo launches colourful alternative to Amazon Echo smart speaker

For a while, Amazon has had a leg up in the smart speaker industry with its successful Echo speaker. It was only a matter of time before other companies started copying and putting out their own smart home speakers. Firstly, Lenovo's model is cheaper.

The rollout of a wide ecosystem of compatible products is clearly great news for Amazon, but it's also a boon for consumers too.

DISH is adding Alexa voice control to Hopper. Amazon's system isn't flawless yet, and more needs to be done to help all of these different gadgets communicate with each other fully if the company wants to power everything in future smart homes, but that's likely to come in time. The Lenovo Smart Assistant is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 CPU with 2GB of DRAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The setup is simple: this is a big refrigerator with a huge portrait-oriented 29-inch display, and while the base operating system is webOS the smarts all come from Amazon's Alexa.

So in both cases you can say "Alexa...", issue your command, and have it carried out.

Smart home products can add convenience and efficiency to our lives. However, Lenovo offers different color schemes such as light green, gray or even orange fabric (reminds of the Google Home color portfolio).

Lenovo also revealed a new wireless NAS hard drive, coming in both 2TB and 6TB sizes, that's created to help users organize their digital photo libraries via built-in facial-recognition software, similar to Google Photos or Apple's Photos app. Lenovo said that it works on Amazon's Alexa Voice Services. It did not reveal whether tasks completed by Alexa will be stores in Lenovo's app for recovery if needed. The Amazon Echo is £150 in the United Kingdom and only comes in black. However, it's worth noting that the $130 price tag will see Lenovo undercut Amazon by $50, with the Harmon Hardon version matching the Echo's $180 United States price.

While Amazon Echo and Google Home are generating a lot of buzz with their so-called "smart assistant" technology (such as how much does a whale weigh commercial), Lenovo worked with Amazon and Harman Kardon with hopes of making a sound difference.

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