Lenovo\'s Smart Clock will make sure you\'re always on time

Lenovo's Smart Tab acts as an Amazon Echo Show when in docked mode

Since the Smart Clock uses Google Assistant, you'll be able to control all of your Assistant-compatible smart home devices, so you can do things like check in on your connected cameras and lock your doors at night. You can ask it all the same things you normally would of Google Assistant, but the minimalist, Android Things-based software design makes clear that the Smart Clock mostly meant to tell you the time and wake you up in the morning.

The Lenovo Smart Clock is one the first dedicated products of its kind (the Amazon Echo Spot isn't a million miles off for an Alexa equivalent) and, although simple, we think that's likely key to its success.

On the back of the petite device it is possible to see the power port, a USB Type-A port, and an on/off switch for the microphone, in case you don't want Google Assistant listening in to your night-time ruminations. And since Google and Lenovo know you'll still need to charge your handset, they added the USB port to compensate for losing a wall outlet.

The Smart Clock's interface is a low-key affair.

The real beauty in the Smart Clock is how it integrates with other smart products.

As it turns out, though, size really does matter: because there isn't as much real estate to work with on these screens, Google had to pare down what people can actually use Smart Clocks for.

Is a Google Assistant powered Smart Clock something you would want gracing your bedside table? Featuring a 4-inch IPS display, its brightness will adjust accordingly to the ambient lighting - making it easy on the eyes when both in bright and dim lighting situations. It's a sleek little device that looks like it would fit in easily on your nightstand, but it's got some serious competition in, you guessed it, Amazon's (AMZN) own smart clock, the Echo Spot. It's due to launch in the US in their Spring with a retail price of $79.99 which would see it priced around the $120 AUD mark if / when it makes it here.

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