LG Electronics begins rolling out a speaker with a smart display that combines Google Assistant with Meridian Audio.
The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 will be available starting in the US with key markets in other regions to follow.
The 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 to deliver delivering high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass, despite its compact size.
Equipped with a front-facing camera for video conferencing and stereo 20W speakers with Meridian technology, the WK9 offers audio for communicating with loved ones or enjoying music and with an 8-inch touch display, consumers can enjoy their favourite YouTube videos and easily access resources like Google Maps or Google Photos.
In addition to its superior audio and video capabilities, the LG 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.
“Our 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,” said Seo Young-jae, head of the convergence audio and video business division at LG’s Home Entertainment Company.
“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.”