The Lenovo Smart Display also has a camera, which has a physical lens cover, to be used for intercom communication, video feeds facilitated through Nest, or likely other Wi-Fi cameras, and even video calls carried out through Google Duo integration.
For those who thought Cortana was the last runner against other voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and Bixby, there's news. It has impressive stereo speakers of its own, tuned by Meridian Audio, but it stands out with an 8 touchscreen. Unfortunately, that is all that LG has revealed about this device so far. Since IFTTT works with so many different systems and devices, this will enable extensive home automation customization beyond activities enabled by Google Assistant.
The whole idea behind Smart Displays is to serve as an in-house assistant for all your daily needs. Ask the LG ThinQ WK9 and it'll play it on YouTube for you. This means, once you've told Google Home to talk to your TiVo, you can use natural language to search for any upcoming programming or recordings.
Google, Lenovo, JBL have come up with a new set of devices named as "smart displays". "Commissioning studies like THE SMART AUDIO REPORT allows us to stay ahead of the curve, meaningfully connect with listeners, and continue finding ways to create a more informed public".
Not much information has been shared by LG yet. The notch on the top is most likely a shutter for the camera or a mute button for the microphone, we don't know yet, but we'll keep you updated.