At the end of last year, Amazon announced that Alexa helped them break their sales records. Devices enabled with the digital assistant, such as the Echo Dot and the Fire TV Stick, were the best-selling items on Amazon.com.
In 2017, Alexa will no longer be confined to only Amazon devices. Lenovo, a multinational tech company, worked with Amazon to build Alexa into a new device.
The Lenovo Smart Assistant is one of several new Lenovo products that will be unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. It will be available for purchase in May 2017.
It looks very similar to the Amazon Echo, which was the first device to be enabled with Alexa. Here are the notable differences:
- Color: An Amazon Echo comes in black or white, the Lenovo Smart Assistant will be available in green, orange or light gray.
- Price: An Amazon Echo costs $179.99, the Lenovo Smart Assistant will be $129.99.
- Microphones: The Lenovo device's microphone portion protrudes from the top of the device and has eight far-field microphones instead of seven.
While smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home can be helpful, they aren't known to be great speakers. The Lenovo Smart Assistant Harman Kardon® Edition will provide better sound quality. It will cost $179.99 and will also be available in May 2017.
Check out the video below to see what else Lenovo has in store.