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This Google Nest Hub alternative can wirelessly charge your phone

Lenovo Smart Clock 2
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The $89 Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is the company's newest Google Assistant smart display packing a neat trick. With an optional accessory, the clock doubles as a nightlight and wireless phone charger.

While it can't be used for video calls like the Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) and doesn't track your sleep like the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen), the Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is an intelligent alternative without cameras or body-watching sensors. 

Like the original fabric-swathed Lenovo Smart Clock, one of the best Google Home speakers for your bedside, this compact device is many things at once. It's a speaker for listening to music or podcasts, screen for seeing your photos and, of course, an alarm clock.

The alarm clock needn't be sophisticated — what more does someone need than to see the time and be alerted when to wake? — but Lenovo has handled its approach to upgrading the venerable alarm clock masterfully. It made the alarm clock smarter without over-complicating it.

But last year's, display-less $49 Lenovo Smart Clock Essential was perhaps a little too simple. That's why we're excited for the Smart Clock 2's 4-inch color touchscreen.

Lenovo Smart Clock 2

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There are a number of smart displays that don't take up much space, as well as ones with more "smart" features. But none that have a dedicated accessory that saves you even more space with a built-in nightlight and wireless smartphone charging pad. 

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 starts at $89.99 and is expected to become available September 2021.

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. When she’s not in cyborg mode, you can find her on an exercise bike or channeling her inner celebrity chef. She and her robot army will rule the world one day, but until then, reach her at kate.kozuch@futurenet.com.