LG Unveils XBOOM ThinQ WK9 Smart Display with Google Assistant
LG has launched itsÂ Google Assistant-backed smart display dubbed theÂ XBOOM ThinQ WK9 in the US, becoming the third brand to introduce a smart display after Lenovo andÂ Googleâ€™s Home Hub.
This new entrant to Googleâ€™s smart display ecosystem is part of LGâ€™sÂ ThinQ smart appliance lineup, which includes intelligent refrigerators, TVs, and more. The Korean giant had first shown off the product at CES 2018.
â€œOur partnerships with Google and Meridian Audio allows us to offer a new home entertainment experience with the smart capabilities of the Google Assistant and the premium audio know-how that only Meridian could deliver,â€ said Seo Young-jae, head of the convergence audio and video business division at LGâ€™s Home Entertainment Company.
â€œUnlike other AI speakers where sound quality takes a back seat to the brain, the WK9 is first and foremost a high fidelity audio product that also happens to be intelligent.â€
The Â XBOOM ThinQ WK9 Google Assistant touchscreen speaker, which is a mouthful for an official name, is rectangular and boxy. It includesÂ two huge speakers on either side of an 8-inch touchscreen that sits front and center.
Equipped with a front-facing camera for video conferencing and stereo 20W speakers, the WK9 offers Meridian tuning technology, crystal clear audio and an 8-inch touch display, for YouTube videos,Â Recipe recommendationsÂ and easily access resources like Google Maps or Google Photos.
LG XBOOM ThinQ WK9 Key Specifications
Here are its specs in full:
LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 AvailabilityÂ and Pricing
The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 is now on sale in the US, priced at $199, which includes the introductory $100 discount. The device will be available in other key markets at a later, undisclosed date.
LG says the XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 enables control of other LG ThinQ products in their home such as LG TVs and home appliances as well as more than 10,000 smart devices from over 1,000 brands that work with the Google Assistant.