We started the day with the rumor that Google is preparing a new Chromecast with Google TV, but the latest leaks seem to indicate that it will not be the successor to the current Chromecast with Google but will really be the successor to the Chromecast 3 or third generation launched in 2018.
It seems that four years after the launch of Chromecast 3, we will finally see its successor with a version of Chromecast with Google TV at 1080p, so the current 4K model would not yet be replaced by a new model.
Chromecast HD with Google TV
The leak comes from Protocol, which leaked the first features of this Chromecast HD with Google TV. The new “entry-level” Chromecast would be powered by the Amlogic S805X2 CPU and Mali-G31 GPU. The chip only supports a maximum video output of 1080p60 but is capable of hardware decoding the AV1 codec.
According to the leak, the Chromecast HD with Google TV will have the same 2 GB of RAM, but it’s unclear if it will repeat the 8 GB of internal storage or if Google will add more capacity to this model, because for many users those 8 GB is insufficient despite the fact that most content is consumed by streaming. In addition, this model to embed Google TV would also be sold with the remote control.
The price of this Chromecast HD with Google TV is a mystery. The only thing we know for sure is that it will cost less than the $49.99 that the 4K model currently costs. In the US, the Chromecast 3 continues to retail for $29.99, so the Chromecast HD with Google could go on sale in that territory for $30-40. In Europe, Chromecast HD with Google TV should cost between 39.99 euros for Chromecast 3 and 69.99 euros for Chromecast 4K with Google TV.
That Google is preparing a Chromecast HD with Google TV would be the reason why it recently redesigned the box of the current Chromecast with Google TV to display the ‘4K’ label broadly. Therefore, it seems that in the future we will see a new cheaper model with the label ‘HD’.
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