LG's new Tone Platinum earbuds have Google Assistant, real-time translation

IFA 2018 is right around the corner, and ahead of one of the year's biggest technology trade shows, LG's announced two new models of its popular Tone earbuds — the Tone Platinum SE (HBS-1120) and the Tone Ultra SE (HBS-835S).

The Tone Platinum SE is the most exciting of the duo as it's the first LG Tone product to come equipped with the Google Assistant. Similar to the Bose QC35 II and other Assistant headphones, the Platinum SE has a button that allows you to quickly prompt the Google Assistant and ask it anything you'd like.

Along with this, LG's also taking inspiration from Google's Pixel Buds and including real-time translation via Google Translate.

If all that Google integration really isn't your jam, the Tone Ultra SE might be more up your alley. While you won't find any Assistant or Translate features here, the Ultra SE does have an external speaker so you can have your own personal audio experience without blocking your ears from ambient sounds around you.

There's currently no word on pricing or availability for the new earbuds, but LG notes that these details will be announced, "locally at the time of availability."

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