It looks like a new Google TV-powered Chromecast is about to be unveiled – and if the latest leak surrounding the device is to be believed, it will look more or less identical to the current model released in September 2020.
According to the Brazilian technology website technoblog (opens in new tab) (through On the edge (opens in new tab)), documents related to the device in question reached the regulatory body of the National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil and appeared in a series of images: and the well-known white oval shape is on display 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.
cheapest price point
While this documentation doesn’t reveal much more about the streaming dongle, earlier this week WinFuture (opens in new tab) obtained information that pointed to a more affordable Chromecast with Google TV that was limited to 1080p streaming rather than 4K.
While the drop in resolution is disappointing for some, for others it doesn’t matter – and that means the new model will be more affordable. A starting price in Europe of €40 (about $40 / £35 / AU$60) was mentioned, while the Chromecast 4K with Google TV currently retails for €70 (about $70 / £80 / AU$ 105).
The perfect opportunity to reveal the device is just around the corner: Google has announced a hardware event for October 6, at which it should show off the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and maybe a few other bits of hardware too.
Analysis: downgrades and upgrades
With the vast majority of TVs currently on sale opting for a 4K resolution, it’s perhaps a little surprising that the new Chromecast with Google TV is sticking to 1080p. Of course it will work on a 4K TV – it just won’t use the screen resolution to its full potential.
Google should be confident that there are enough smaller, secondary TVs stuck in bedrooms and offices for there to be a demand for this new model – especially as it appears to cost significantly less than the 4K version currently on sale.
The next dongle might actually be a little faster than the current model and add a little more storage – Google admitted there have been issues with performance and storage space on the 4K device and is busy working to fix them.
With that in mind, Chromecast 1080p with Google TV could gain momentum in these areas. It would also bring the next generation of Chromecast, with the latest Google TV remote and software, at an affordable price.