LG Tone Platinum SE headphones brings Google Assistant to the party

IFA 2018: LG wants to make translation and other smart features easier to use
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The Berlin tech expo that is IFA 2018 doesn't officially kick off for another week, but LG is getting an early start with its announcements with the unveiling of its next generation LG Tone headphones.

There's two new models on the way and the one that interests us the most is the LG Tone Platinum SE. With that now signature neckband-style look, the SE's will be available in black, blue and gold. They'll also be the first in the range to include a dedicated Google Assistant button. So instead of saying, "OK Google", you can hit the button to access the smart assistant, which LG claims will give users quicker access.

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LG is also talking up the potential it has to be used for smart features like Google Translate to make communicating in another language faster and more natural. We sincerely hope it fares a whole lot better than the Google Pixel Buds for real-time translation skills.

Joining the Platinum SE is the LG Tone Ultra SE, which features an external mono speaker to make calls and listen to music when you don't want to entirely clock out all of that ambient sound. There's no signs of connected smarts, so it's all about the music here.

There's no news on pricing or when the new headphones will be available to buy, but we should find out more details when IFA kicks off and we can get our hands on a pair.

LG Tone Platinum SE headphones brings Google Assistant to the party

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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