Smart clocks are nothing new, but the Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant just might be the coolest one we’ve seen yet, and it’s even smaller than the company’s Smart Display. Sporting a small 4-inch (800 x 480) touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz MediaTek 8167S SoC (4 x Cortex A35 cores + PowerVR GE8300 GPU), 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of integrated storage. In the back, there’s a 1.5-inch 3W speaker (6W peak), two passive radiators, a mute microphone switch, power port, and volume buttons on top. There’s an extra USB-A port that can charge your phone while you sleep. Read more for another hands-on video, pictures and additional information.
In addition to charging your devices, it can also play music, and be configured with a Google Assistant Routine tailored for sleeping, so your devices get set to silent mode or be turned off with a voice command. Don’t like the factory clock face? You’re free to customize them. Lenovo is to ship the device this spring, priced at $79.
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“About a half hour before your alarm is set to go off, the Smart Clock will slowly ramp up its screen brightness and cycle from dark to light colors, creating a sort of simulated sunrise in your bedroom. The idea is that, by gradually increasing the amount of light you’re exposed, you’ll wake up more gently rather than feel the spike of adrenaline when usually comes when your alarm starts blaring first thing in the morning,” reports Engadget.