LG XBOOM WK9 smart display may finally be ready to launch

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The trend which started with Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Show now includes smart displays powered by Google Assistant.

The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 is running Google's Android Things smart display operating system and it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

The question you may be asking yourself right about now is what makes the LG Xboom AI ThinQ model WK9 (full name, no joke) worth around 100 bucks more than the soon-to-be-discounted Google Home Hub. Having partnered with Meridian Audio for the gadget to equip the WK9 with stereo 20W speakers; LG promises its users "crystal clear audio" as part of its package. The company will launch home appliances and furniture under the brand.

Here we have a smart display with an 8-inch touchscreen which is flanked by a pair of speakers that have a 2 channel/20W output. "Unlike 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".

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Pricing and availability are yet to be revealed but the LG XBoom AI ThinQ WK9 will be available in the U.S. first. In fact, LG markets the WK9 more as a speaker that's also a smart home device, rather than the other way around. It is available only in Black colour option and the company has not yet revealed the price and sale date of the device.

The speakers are both front facing and offer 20W of stereo power - making this the most powerful smart speaker now on the market, according to LG.

The LG smart display costs $299.99, but it will be sold for just $199.99 during the holiday season.