When Lenovo launched the Smart Display last year, it offered a great visual way to interact with the Google Assistant. Fast forward to 2019 and Lenovo has launched a follow up to with the Lenovo Smart Clock which does most of the same features but just in a smaller package.
Design & Hardware
The Lenovo Smart Clock has a 4-inch IPS touch display with a resolution of 480×800. The screen can get fairly dim, which is especially helpful for at night.
The exterior of the device has a grey fabric design which is reminiscent of the Google Home Mini. The device uses a Mediatek 8167S processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
The top of the device has the volume up and down buttons while back is where you’ll find the microphone mute switch and USB 2.0 Type-A port. There is also Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac WLAN.
Sound quality on the Lenovo Smart Clock is great, thanks to the 1.5-inch 3 Watt and 2 Passive Radiators. The Lenovo Smart Clock’s speakers can get fairly loud which is impressive coming from a small device.
One option in the settings for the Lenovo Smart Clock is to snooze or stop your alarm with a hard tap of the top of the device. I found that this didn’t work most of the time.
Unlike the Lenovo Smart Display, the Lenovo Smart Clock does not have a camera but you can still make Duo audio calls.
The Lenovo Smart Clock is running Google’s Android Things. That is the same platform that powers other Smart Displays such as the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display.
If you’re used a Smart Display with the Google Assistant, then you’ll be familiar with the interface on the Lenovo Smart Clock but instead of having your weather, calendar and time on the main screen, you’ll just mainly see the clock face you set.
You have about 10 clock faces to choose from and if you have auto brightness on and at night, the clock face will change to mono. Swiping up from the bottom gives you quick settings like brightness, volume, do not disturb and settings shortcut. Swiping down from the top gives you access to turning off your smart home products such as Philips Hue and setting an alarm, nap timer and play music.
If you swipe to the right, you’ll be able to set an alarm, another swipe gets you the weather.
Since the Lenovo Smart Clock has the Google Assistant built-in, you’ll get a visual response. So if you ask for the weather, it’ll show you a little animation. If you ask to turn off one of your smart lights, you’ll see a screen to turn on/off the light and the brightness.
One thing to note is that you can’t watch videos on the Lenovo Smart Clock which seems like an odd omission since the slightly larger Google Nest Hub (which has a 7-inch screen) or 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display. Even Amazon’s Echo Spot which has an even smaller display can watch Prime Video content.
You do have the ability to cast audio to the Lenovo Smart Clock from a number of sources such as Spotify, Pocket Cast and more. Setting up the Lenovo Smart Clock is fairly easy, all you need is the Google Home app.
Overall, the Lenovo Smart Clock is a great addition that can almost do everything Lenovo’s Smart Display can do but just in a more compact design.
- Cheapest Google Assistant Smart Display so far
- Virtually does everything a Google Home can do
- Can be used to cast audio
- Compact design with solid build quality
- No video playback support
- Can’t display photo
- Might not be useful if you already have a Google Home device