Lenovo’s ThinkSmart View is about to give Polycom some serious competition

Polycom who? Lenovo’s ThinkSmart View is made specifically for audio and video calls

Last year at CES, Lenovo introduced several smart displays. This week at CES 2020, they are introducing a kind of smart display specifically designed for an office environment. To that effect, the Lenovo ThinkSmart View has been designed to serve as a dedicated device for conducting voice and video calls between working professionals.

Supported by the Microsoft Teams platform, the Lenovo ThinkSmart View sports an 8-inch touchscreen with full-range speakers and built-in cameras and microphones made specifically for audio and video conferencing. It’s also clear that the ThinkSmart View takes design cues from Lenovo’s consumer-focused Smart Display.

ThinkSmart View integrates with Microsoft Teams

The ThinkSmart View is powered by a Qualcomm APQ8053 system-on-chip and comes with a one-touch meeting start button accessible through the display. In a matter of seconds, the device can easily set up an audio or video conference. Should background noise pose as a distraction, the ThinkSmart View can easily connect to  Bluetooth headphones or earphones for added privacy and confidentiality. Added security measures include a physical, controllable camera shutter and a PIN-activated device lock.

Lenovo designed the ThinkSmart View to fit in a variety of workspaces. From home offices to corporate meeting rooms, Lenovo imagines the ThinkSmart View will provide the way for public smartphone rooms to be made a common offering.

Pricing for the Lenovo ThinkSmart View will start at $349 but it will also be available in a bundle with the ThinkPad X1 ANC Bluetooth Headset for $449. It’s expected to arrive in January 2020.

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