Sony’s new LF-S50G smart speaker is the latest to attempt to challenge the popular Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Like its two rivals, the S50G is powered by an AI virtual assistant – the same Google Assistant as in Google Home.

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It promises better sound and is more expensive than its rivals, so how do they compare?

Sony LF-S50G

The new Sony smart speaker
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A 360-degree two-way facing speaker system, including a full range speaker and dedicated subwoofer, damp bass reflex duct and omnidirectional two-stage diffuser

Google Assistant voice commands using “OK, Google”, able to answer queries, control music and other smart home products

Built-in LED screen to display time

Supports close-range hand gestures – waves to skip track and control volume

Bluetooth and NFC support enables one-touch connection to quickly play audio from a smartphone

Splashproof

Priced at £200

Google Home

Google Home smart speaker
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Single high excursion speaker with driver and dual passive radiators

Google Assistant voice commands using “OK, Google”, able to answer queries, control music and other smart home products

Far-field voice recognition

Touch controls for volume control and play/pause

Priced at £129

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo smart speaker
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A 360-degree omnidirectional audio speaker, with separate woofer and tweeter

Alexa AI-powered, able to answer queries, control music and other smart home products

Light ring to show when active and simple button controls for music and volume

Seven microphones for far-field voice recognition

Priced at £149.99. Also available in compact Echo Dot version for £49.99

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