LG and Meridian Audio Debut Smart Display Speaker with Google Assistant

November 21 2018, 01:10
LG Electronics USA has announced its new AI Smart Display with Google Assistant combined with a Meridian Audio designed sound system to create a powerful smart home device. Following the recent trend of combining the features of a voice-assisted speaker with a touch screen for both content viewing, communication and interactions, the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 is available now at U.S. retailers at a suggested price of $299 with special Black Friday pricing of $199 currently in effect.

The advanced LG AI Smart Display was developed in collaboration with Google to ensure that the WK9 builds upon the capabilities that come with having a Google Assistant speaker with the added convenience of a touchscreen display. The WK9 leverages LG's partnership with Meridian Audio, a recognized name in high-performance audio solutions which has been collaborating with the Korean consumer electronics giant, to deliver high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass, despite its compact size.

"Our collaborations with valued partners including Google and Meridian have enabled us to offer a new home entertainment device with all of the smart capabilities that come with the Google Assistant plus an elevated audio experience," says Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. "The LG XBOOM WK9 Smart Display offers a great package of features to those who don't want to sacrifice audio or video quality in a smart home device."

Equipped with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and two 20W speakers tuned by Meridian Audio, the WK9 offers crystal clear audio for communicating with family and friends or enjoying music. And with an 8-inch touch display, consumers can enjoy their favorite YouTube videos and easily access resources like Google Maps or Photos, powered by Android Things.

In addition to its audio and video capabilities, the WK9 enables control of other LG ThinQ products in the 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.
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