Last week, ZTE’s Nubia joined the smart home race with its first product a smart door lock. Today, another big player has joined the race and it is none other than Lenovo.
Lenovo had a spring product launch event today in Beijing where it announced its entry into the smart home market. It then revealed that its smart home arm will be called……Lecoo.
Yes, Lenovo’s smart home products will launch under the Lecoo brand which is almost identical to LeEco, the smartphone brand. The name is actually pronounced “lay-ku” and as at today, there are four products under the brand.
There is the Lecoo Smart Router S1, the Lecoo Baby Monitor A1, the LeCoo Smart Camera R1, and the Lecoo Smart Camera S1.
Smart Router S1
The Leeco Smart Router has a rose gold and white finish and is one of the most attractive routers we have seen. It has four Skyworks signal antennas, supports dual-band WiFi, and offers up to 1200Mbps speeds.
There is a dual-core processor under its exterior, 512MB RAM, and 32MB of storage. It has a USB 3.0 port for adding more storage and also has a gigabit ethernet port. The Smart Router S1 is priced at ¥499 (~$80).
Lecoo Baby Monitor A1
The Lecoo baby Monitor isn’t just an extra eye to watch over your kid(s) but also has some cool features. It can identify certain expressions of a child as well as special moments and proceeds to record them. These short clips and images can be accessed later and shared with family and friends.
The baby monitor can rotate 360° horizontally and 100° vertically. It can be mounted on a wall or placed on a surface. It records in 1080p, has night vision, and voice recognition. There is a 4,000mAh built-in battery and a USB-C port for charging.
Lenovo says there is unlimited cloud storage available for users. The baby monitor is priced at ¥699 (~$111).
Lecoo Smart Camera S1 and R1
Both cameras have a similar design and functionality but the S1 is smaller than the R1. They both record videos with the H.265 encoding and can be paired with up to three other cameras which can all be viewed simultaneously on the app.
When in privacy mode, the movable part of the camera can be rotated downward to hide the lens in the shaft. You can wake it up with the button on the device or via the app.
Both have microSD card support, a micro-USB port, and 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi support. Apart from the difference in size, the only other difference we noticed is that the smaller version doesn’t support motion tracking.
The Lecoo Smart Camera R1 is priced at ¥299 (~$48) and the S1 is priced at ¥199 (~$32).