Lenovo introduced the world’s smallest Assistant Smart Display in 2019, and it now has a successor with the Smart Clock 2, which has a removable wireless charging dock.
The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 has lost its wedge design and instead resembles a shrunk-down Smart Display. A fabric-wrapped (85% recycled plastic used throughout) 4-inch screen with large bezels is included, and is available in three colors: Abyss Blue, Heather Grey, or Shadow Black.
On the back, there’s a power plug and a microphone button to turn off “Hey Google.” The volume up and down buttons at the top are the only other controls.
The clock also includes a 4-inch touchscreen that displays the time, weather, and a slideshow of photographs from the connected smartphone’s Google Photos. The Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is a smart speaker as well.
The MediaTek MT8167S processor is inside, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The 1.5-inch 3W front-firing speakers are combined with a far-field microphone array. 2.4GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.2 are also included.
Internally, the Smart Clock 2 continues to use the Google Assistant. What is unknown is what will be supported. The Nest Hello will display a feed on the clock with the existing Smart Clock, allowing you to answer your doorbell from bed, but other video services and camera feeds will not work. It’s unclear whether the new Smart Clock 2 will support video feeds.
The addition of the wireless charging port is the most noticeable hardware difference on the new Smart Clock. Although a press release states that this is an optional device, Lenovo said that the $90 price includes the pad. It’s probable that folks in the United States will only be able to buy the bundle rather than the clock alone.
You’ll get a wireless charging surface for your Qi-compatible devices whether the mat comes with it or you buy it separately. Since there is no longer one on the back of the screen, there is also a USB-A connector on the back edge for cable charging. The clock, which attaches and is powered through pogo pins, takes up the left half of this dock. When you lift the clock slightly, a little tube encircles the device’s base and lights up.
Lenovo has promised a software update that will allow you to activate the nightlight by swiping down on the screen. Both methods are intended to allow you to activate the bulb without having to speak to the Assistant, allowing you to avoid waking up light sleepers when you need light for a midnight pee.
The rest of the Smart Clock 2’s functions are nearly identical to the original: swipe on the screen to see and set alarms, see the weather forecast, control your smart home devices, and more. You may change the interface’s color scheme to make it easier on your eyes at night, and the Assistant is accessible to take your spoken commands.
There’s also a microphone mute option if you don’t want the device to hear you, and there’s no camera, as with previous models.
The Smart Clock 2 is less appealing than the original at $90, but because it won’t be available until September, we’ll have time to see if the changes are worth the price increase until we get a review unit.