LG will premier the first “premium” smart speaker the Consumer Electronics Show stage early next year. They’re calling it the LG ThinQ and it offers a listening experience that goes unmatched by most smart speakers thanks to its partnership with Meridian Audio, and its ability to produce lossless high-resolution audio.
The speaker will grow along with Google’s AI, activated simply by saying “OK Google” and will serve as a voice-activated interface for LG’s smart home appliances. With the ThinQ, you would presumably be able to say, “OK Google, talk to LG, start the dishwasher.” It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but you don’t have to leave the couch.
The higher fidelity output suggests that LG is looking to compete in a different space than Amazon’s Echo or the Google Home assistant. It looks like they are going after the audiophile who wants the convenience and interconnectivity of a smart home but also values a premium listening experience.
No specs or prices have been mentioned yet for the LG ThinQ, however, it should be more expensive than the Google Home due to the higher quality of the audio but less expensive than the Google Home Max.
LG also announced the SK10Y soundbar, a system that pumps out 550W of 40kHz sound, supports 5.1.2 channels through Dolby Atmos technology and has built-in Chromecast features to play streamed content. The LG SK10Y looks to immerse you in sound as it comes equipped with satellite speakers, including ones that fire sound upwards to surround the listener from all directions.
A new portable speaker from LG will also be making their way onto the scene with the PK series speaker, which happens to come with some mood lighting, so think of all the money you’ll save on candles.
We’ll be sure to post more details as soon as their announced at the CES beginning January 9, 2018.