It looks like a new Chromecast with Google TV is about to break the coverage – and if we are to believe the latest leak around the device, it will look more or less identical to the current model launched in September 2020.
According to the Brazilian tech site Tecnoblog (opens in new tab) (via The Verge) (opens in new tab)), documents related to the device in question have reached the regulator of the National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil and have appeared in a series of images: and the familiar white oval shape can be seen again.
The other information we get from this documentation is pretty standard for a Chromecast device: there’s the HDMI connector, Wi-Fi support up to 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and support for Bluetooth LE .
While this documentation doesn’t reveal much more about the streaming dongle, earlier this week WinFuture (opens in new tab) information obtained pointing to a more affordable Chromecast with Google TV limited to streaming 1080p instead of 4K.
While the drop in resolution will be disappointing to some, it won’t matter to others — and it means the new model will be more affordable. A starting price in Europe of €40 (about $40 / £35 / AU$60) has been mentioned, while the 4K Chromecast with Google TV is currently on sale for €70 (about $70 / £80 / AU$105).
The perfect opportunity to unveil the device is coming: Google has announced a hardware event for October 6, where it is expected to show off the Pixel 7, the Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel Watch, and maybe a few other pieces of hardware as well.
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Considering the vast majority of TVs currently on sale opt for 4K resolution, it’s perhaps somewhat surprising that the new Chromecast with Google TV sticks to 1080p. It will of course work in a 4K TV – it just won’t take full advantage of the screen resolution.
Google needs to be confident that there are enough smaller, secondary TVs in bedrooms and offices for this new model to be in demand, especially as it will cost significantly less than the 4K version currently on sale.
The upcoming dongle may be a little faster than the current model and add a little more storage space. Google has admitted that there are performance and storage issues on the 4K device and has been working hard to fix them.
With that in mind, the 1080p Chromecast with Google TV could get a boost in these areas. It would also bring the next-generation Chromecast, with the remote and the latest Google TV software, to a budget price point too.