Google has promoted the arrival of Smart TV functions on all types of televisions with one of its flagship products: Chromecast. After several years of its launch, new generations have emerged, the latest being the Chromecast with Google TV (2020). The latter offered what many thought was missing, its own operating system and through which to navigate to play content. We recently learned that Google is already preparing its next version, and in this article we wanted to gather all the information we think we know about the new Chromecast.
New hardware and additional features
Codenamed “Boreal”, the leaks hinted that it would belong to the same family of “Sabrina” devices, which is the codename given to Chromecast products currently on the market. There are no confirmed details from Google yet, but everything indicates that this new Chromecast would include a major hardware renovation, and that it would be compatible with the new AV1 codec.
The fact that it is compatible with said codec opens the door to more efficient content in terms of compression, and with higher resolution, which we are already starting to see little by little on the main streaming platforms.
At the moment there is no information on the technical specifications that this new device will have, although it is expected that it will include Google TV as an operating system, something exclusive for the moment in its current Chromecast, and in some devices and TVs.
If we go to the specifications currently available to the Chromecast with Google TV, we find a device capable of transmitting up to 4K and 60 fps, in addition to being compatible with several HDR technologies such as Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10 +. In addition, it has an internal memory of 8 GB, which is less than half to install applications. It is a good device that focuses its efforts on streaming, and not on the content we have locally.
The keys to the new Chromecast, unlike the one we have now, could be to increase the memory available on the device, providing more storage for games and applications. A twist in the processor and RAM of the device would also improve the general fluidity of the system, which is very much in demand in this type of device.
Speculating on the subject, the fact that it has a new codename means that it would be more than a renewal, and that Google would not close the doors to offer a Chromecast with more functions and with a more form factor oriented to a top set.box before a dongle. However, we will have to wait for more information on this.
The documents 9to5Google had access to did not indicate the price at which this new device was going to come out. Keep in mind that the current-gen Chromecast is priced at $39, while the Chromecast with Google TV can be purchased for $69.99. Depending on the capabilities of the device and the market that Google is targeting with this new Chromecast, the price could be increased. However, we will have to wait to find out more.
Design of the new Chromecast
Depending on which direction Google is pointing with this new device, we’d find a Chromecast in dongle format, or something bigger if it has more features. That is why it is not excluded that the company offers a product similar to the NVIDIA Shield TV, with more storage, specifications and possibilities. If so, this would lead to a disruptive design change in Chromecast, since so far we’ve only seen HDMI dongle formatted devices.
So far, there have been no details on its design, no leaks, or images of what it might look like, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for any new information about it.
In the absence of confirmation from Google, this new device should arrive in stores during this same year 2022. If so, we would be talking about the second device with Google TV that the company is launching in less than two years, being the latest is Chromecast with Google TV which has been with us since October 2020.
If there’s a perfect date for Google to announce all the information about this new device, it would be during Google I/O 2022, which was held May 18-20 last year.