We have been listening rumours about an upcoming Chromecast device for several months. There was a rumour that the new dongle would be a cheaper version of the existing Chromecast with Google TV. According to this rumour, the new dongle would have a resolution cap of 1080p and be supplied at just $30.
The stories were true, and Google has now come out and said it: the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is, in fact, a 1080p edition of the streaming dongle that we have been using for the past two years, but it is offered at a cheaper price point.
There aren’t very many unexpected aspects to this, with the possible exception of the fact that the device can now be purchased.
What about its price?
With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $50, the original Chromecast with Google TV is a great streaming device at a competitive price point; however, it has never quite been able to match the affordability of the original Chromecast, which debuted on the market nearly a decade ago at $35. The original Chromecast was priced at $35. The new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) costs $30 . moreover, it offers everything previous devices did. In addition to a robust TV interface and an excellent controller for navigating it. This is all included in the package.
The new HD Chromecast, on the other hand, is only available in a single colourway: white. This contrasts with the 4K version (or Snow, as Google calls it). Dolby Vision compatibility is also removed from the new lower-end version.
Some details about new Google Chromecast
At first appearance, the new 1080p Chromecast and the 4K version that is already available are indistinguishable from one another. It has the same shape, the same lone USB-C connection, and the same remote control as the previous mode. It is featuring the same dedicated Netflix and YouTube buttons). The software experience will be virtually comparable to that accessible on Google TV, which is based on Android 11.
Most crucially, the new device has the capability for AV1 decoding, which should reduce the amount of data required to stream video. The previous Chromecast with Google TV is only provided in a dozen regions. Whereas the newer 1080p device is available in 19 nations today, “with additional regions coming shortly.” It will also be available in more places than the 4K version.
Today, consumers in the United States can get the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) for $30. It should be exactly up your alley if you have a display that is less than 4K. This could benefit from being updated to a smart TV.