LG has a long-running partnership with Google. LG has long added a dedicated button to Google Assistant on its mobile devices, and other products like TVs and smart speakers. Now, the company has decided to launch a powerful smart-speaker with an integrated 8-inch screen, and built-in Google Assistant.
LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 has a somewhat peculiar design. The company has decided to focus on sound rather than physical appearance. This is quite unlike the smart speakers such as the Lenovo Smart Display. The LG XBOOM has two speakers on the extreme sides with an 8-inch screen in the center and a front camera at the top. The LG XBOOM speakers have an output power of 20W, which is more than any other device that features a screen with Google Assistant.
Additionally, the speaker includes AI ThinQ technology that lets you seamlessly connect to other LG smart devices. The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ can be used for various tasks such as watching recipe-making video online, enjoying YouTube videos or listen to songs with free YouTube Music subscription. You can also make video call to family and friends through the Duo service, and using the 6-megapixel front camera. The Google Assistant information asked is also detailed on the screen. Therefore, users can ask for different commands and it will show the related information.
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LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 will be available in black, and will be initially launched in the United States. It will later be available in other markets. The WK9 has a selling price of $300, but as part of an LG promotion, early buyers could buy it for $200.