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Top 6 Best Smart displays and Alternatives to Echo Show

From few years we are witnessing lots of AI smart speakers but now its time to forget these things and upgrade to new technology which is the smart display. In other words, smart displays are upgraded variants of smart speakers, the only noticeable difference is the display.

So we have come up with the list of best smart displays available right now. There are lots of confusion about smart displays so we have provided you various displays from top brands choose as per your budget and requirements. If you are looking for some of Amazon’s echo show alternatives in 2021 then also you are in the right place.

These are the best smart displays for 2021

1. Amazon Echo Show 2nd Generation (Best echo show alternative)

best smart displays echo show 2nd gen

It is the successor to the Echo Show (1st Gen) device and it comes with some really good improvements which you will know below. So the new display 2nd Gen Echo Show is the best alternative to buy in the market considering price and specifications. It costs $230 that makes it one of the best values for money display in the market.

The new Amazon’s device packs a 10-inch HD 720p (1280 x 800) display, that ensures great visibility from every corner of your room. It has 2 x 10W Dolby supported speakers to produce a great sound experience. In the optics, it has a 5MP camera for the front, where you can do video calling with your friends and family just by calling their names.

It has a great screen to body ratio display that you can’t get in any other best smart displays in the competition, whereas the previous Alexa had the worst screen to body display. The device has the great hearing capability which is made possible by its high-quality microphones available at the front, it can listen to the slowest voices and react accordingly. The 2nd Gen Echo Show got positive reviews by many customers and it looks that they are happy after buying if we talk about reviews from top tech sites they are also very positive for example the TechRadar rated it 4  out of 5 which indicates that it’s worth buying.

Key specs 

  • 10-inch HD Display
  • 5MP Camera Setup
  • Processor (Unspecified)
  • RAM (Unspecified)
  • Internal Space (Unspecified)

Pros

  1. Awesome display
  2. Value for Money
  3. Good hearing quality
  4. Compact design

Cons

  1. 720p Display

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2. Amazon Echo Show 5

It is a cheap alternative to the Echo Show 2nd Gen which is almost more than double price of Echo Show 5. So you can definitely get this display if you can’t afford Amazon’s Echo Show 2nd Gen display. It is one of the well-looking best smart displays from the company out of the box.

You can control this device from your voice like you can ask it to play your favorite song or a cooking recipe also you can control your smart home equipment through this display. Recently with this device, Amazon has also introduced a new smart-home control panel which makes it very easy to use.

For the specs, it offers a 5.5-inch screen with the resolution of (960 x 480) which is decent for the price it offers. It comes with 1 x 4W speaker to give you a good sound experience however it not that great as Echo show 2nd Gen because it features advanced 2 x 10W speakers with Dolby processing for room-filling quality sound.

For now, we can suggest that it is the best display under $100 you will get. The priced of the display starts at $89.99 that sounds really awesome, you should check it once.

Pros

  1. Bright and coloful display
  2. Value for Money
  3. Good UI and smart home dashboard
  4. It has built-in camera shutter
  5. Access full voice commands of Alexa

Cons

  1. Sound quality could have improved

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3. Lenovo’s Smart Display (echo show 2ng gen alternative)

We all know Lenovo is a company famous for its smartphones and Computing equipment. But the future is changing and the big players in the market have to be updated with time, so Lenovo has also launched its smart display by looking at others manly Amazon’s Echo Show. Of course in the upcoming future, there is going to be a huge demand for smart displays, so no one wants to miss the chance. If you are also looking to get an alternative to Echo Show 2nd Gen then the Lenovo smart display is one of the best to buy in the market.

The design is not so interesting but it’s very decent in the current situation, and we believe nothing gets beautiful or futuristic at the starting phase, we might see the futuristic design of the upcoming best smart displays in near future maybe in 2020 or 2021.

It comes in two models that are 8-inch and 10-inch displays with the HD and FHD resolution, it means the smaller variant will have the lesser resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 624 processor along with 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, it has 4GB of inbuilt space to keep your favorite content saved. Lenovo’s smart display has a 5MP 720p front-facing camera for video calling. It runs on Android and supported by Google Voice Assistant.

It is now available online, the 8-inch variant is priced at $149 and if you want a bigger screen then it also has a 10-inch variant that will cost you $199. However, the price is really genuine this time and meets the market standards. The reviews are also out by many of the trusted sites like The Wired rated 8/10 in their review. If you are confused in the Echo Show 2nd Gen and Lenovo Smart Display then you must click at the linked paragraph.

Key specs 

  • 8/10-inch Full HD Display
  • 720MP Camera Setup
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 4GB Internal Space

Pros

  1. Great display
  2. Nicely integrated
  3. Offers good UI (User Interface)

Cons

  1. Weak bass
  2. Sometimes it miss the words

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Facebook Portal Plus

How facebook can be left behind while all the tech giants are trying their hands in the smart display industry. However, Facebook is not a new player in this filed they already have a display called Facebook Portal and this device is the successor as Portal Plus. We are not recommending the Portal display because it is outdated now, and the Portal Plus has a lot of new features.

In terms of specs, the Portal Plus comes with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 (FHD) where the Portal has 1200 x 800 (WXGA) display. It comes with a 2 20w tweeters alongside with 4-inch bass speaker, they deliver a really good audio experience.

There is an AI-equipped 12MP camera which can capture high-quality images and videos while doing video calling camera can auto pan and zoom to the subject for an immersive experience. The device packs 4 omnidirectional microphones that are very sensitive can hear you from any corner of your room.

Portal Plus comes with in-built Alexa support where you can ask your voice assistant for anything like what’s the time, cooking recipes, songs, do a video call with, shop on Amazon and more.

Pros

  1. It works best for tracking people in the room
  2. Nicely integrated with Alexa and own FB assistant
  3. Best to use in facebook
  4. Camera can capture very wide images

Cons

  1. You to need to become a Facebook custumer to it

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4. LG ThinQ WK9

LG is present in almost all the electronics department, also have its own best smart display called the LG ThinQ WK9. The display was priced around $250 at the time of launch but now if you are willing to buy it will you get around for $150 or less.

It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 624 home hub processor, and it has an 8-inch touchscreen display. The smart display also packs a front-facing camera which will help you in doing video calling. The device packs Meridian Audio Technology which promises to deliver an awesome sound experience out of the box and this technology is seen in almost all the speakers from LG. Personally, we don’t like the design of the device, it has a big bezel and a fat ugly body which doesn’t feel modern at all.

Like most of the smart displays, it is also Google’s supported device, where you will get Google Assistant support. It has only support for YouTube, CBS, HBO, Starz and others while for the music you can ask your device and it will play front Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube Music. Rest if you wish to listen to outsider’s music so you can’t do that.

It also packs Bluetooth feature for streaming audio directly from any of your smartphones.

Key specs 

  • 8-inch HD Display
  • Front Camera Setup (Unspecified)
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 624 Processor
  • RAM (Unspecified)
  • Internal Space (Unspecified)

Pros

  1. Solid Design
  2. Nice Interface
  3. Good bass
  4. Chromecast built in

Cons

  1. Small Display
  2. Not so modern design
  3. Bit overpriced

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5. JBL Link View

JBL is a well-known sound equipment maker in the world but surprisingly they have entered the smart display industry. They are cooperating with Google for their smart display, means it will be packed with a Google Voice Assistant which will understand and help in solving your queries through a display.

It sports an HD Display with the resolution of 720X1280 pixels and has a 8-inch screen. The smart display from the house of JBL has a 5MP camera for video calling or capturing images, in the front of the device there are two front-firing 10W stereo speakers that can produce the best quality deep bass sound.

The JBL link view comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, while there is also an awesome feature which is IPX4 splash-proof protection, which means it will protect your device from water. However, the price of this device is $249 which is similar to other smart displays present in the market.

Key specs

  • 8-inch HD display
  • 10W stereo speakers
  • IPX4 splash-proof
  • 5MP camera at the front

Pros

  1. Very Easy to use
  2. Good overall sound experience
  3. Catchy Design

Cons

  1. Only support video calls to Google duo users
  2. Expensive as per specs it offers

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6. Archos Hello

Archos is one of the less-known companies in the world but let me clear it is one of the oldest players in the electronics industry as it was established in 1988. They are good at making of tablets, smartphones, portable media players and portable data storage devices, and now they are into making of best smart displays. Recently Archos has launched its smart displays series named Archos Hello in MWC Barcelona, it a good looking device.

In terms of specifications, it sports a FHD 1080p IPS display. It powered by 2GB of RAM and offers 16GB of inbuilt storage. The Archos smart display is Google’s Voice Assistance supported and runs on Android Oreo out of the box. It is fueled by a 4000mAh battery, while it has a USB port for charging purpose. In the camera department, it has a 5MP camera that will help you in capturing images and in doing video calling.

This device comes in 7 and -8.4 display variants, and the prices will be approx $150 for a 7-inch model and $200 for 8.4-inch model. However, they are not available to purchase now and these smart displays are expected to begin selling in May 2018.

Key Specs: 

  • 8.4 and 7 inches HD 1080p Display
  • It has 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of inbuilt storage
  • 5MP camera at the Front

7. Sony Smart display

It has confirmed that Sony will be launching its smart display in cooperation with Google. Till now there was no clue about this device nither specs or images have been disclosed by the company.

But after searching a lot from the past few weeks we got this render of so-called Sony’s smart display, the source also told us that they will be introducing it very soon.

Along we also come to know that it will have a FHD display but the exact resolution is still unclear. It will run on the smart display based Android platform and it will pack Google’s Voice assistant, which will be helpful in doing various activities like you can ask Google to show the route of your destination or your favorite recipe and more.

In the front, it will have a camera for video calling as you can look at the render, but the resolution or megapixels are still unclear. In terms of pricing the device expected to be b/w $220 to $250. However, there is no official announcement from Sony about the smart display.

From these best smart displays, many are available to buy and some are still upcoming to the market. Currently, Amazon Echo Show 2nd Gen, Lenovo’s Smart Display and LG XBOOM is rocking the market.

If you are looking to get a smart display for yourself then you must check b/w these devices. However, if your budget is low and want a great display then Lenovo is offering the best choice, you can also go for Amazon’s echo show 2nd Gen if your budget is bit high, it also offers a variety of awesome features.

LG and JBL are also in the market if your budget is really limited you can check at these devices, you will get many good features for the price. In terms of popularity, only two displays are ruling the market that is Echo Show 2nd gen and Lenovo Smart Display.

Many are also asking about the Netflix availability in the smart displays, so none of the devices above supports Nextflix for now if there will be any update we will let you know.

I hope you have liked our list of best smart displays in 2021 still it is new a category and there are many upgrades yet to come with these devices. We also believe that smart displays could take over tablets in the future because they are very much similar to tablets in terms of doing work, but for now, there is a lot of difference. Let us know if you have any questions in the comment box below.

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