After months of rumors, the cheaper Chromecast is accessible in the end
For months, we have been listening to a few new Chromecast gadget. Rumor had it that the brand new dongle could be a cheaper model of the prevailing Chromecast with Google TV, capped at 1080p and provided on the rock-bottom worth of simply 30 bucks. Right now, Google has confirmed the gossip: the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is, in reality, a 1080p version of the streaming dongle we have been utilizing for the previous two years, provided at a lower cost level. There aren’t many surprises right here — besides that the gadget is accessible for buy beginning right now.
The unique Chromecast with Google TV is a great streaming device at a aggressive worth level, however with an MSRP of $50, it is by no means fairly been in a position to match the affordability of the unique Chromecast, which hit the market practically a decade in the past at $35. For $30, the brand new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) affords every little thing legacy Chromecast gadgets did, plus a strong TV interface and a reasonably nice distant to navigate it with. Not like the 4K model, although, the brand new HD Chromecast is barely obtainable in a single colorway — white (or Snow, as Google calls it). The brand new lower-end model additionally loses Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist, however contemplating it is meant for use with older and smaller TVs, that most likely will not have an effect on many patrons. It does nonetheless assist HDR10 and HDR10+.
That is the 4K model, however you would not know that by taking a look at it.
At a look, the brand new 1080p Chromecast is indistinguishable from the prevailing 4K model. It is the identical type issue with the identical single USB-C port, and the identical distant (that includes the identical devoted Netflix and YouTube buttons). Underneath the hood, although, it is operating Android 12 — although the software program expertise can be roughly similar to what’s obtainable on Google TV primarily based on Android 11. Extra importantly, the brand new unit helps AV1 decoding, which ought to translate to information financial savings when streaming video. It’s going to be obtainable in additional locations than the 4K model, too — whereas the older Chromecast with Google TV is obtainable in only a dozen areas, the brand new 1080p mannequin is accessible in 19 international locations right now “with extra areas coming quickly.”
The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is accessible beginning right now for $30 within the US. When you’ve bought a sub-4K show that would use a sensible TV refresh, it ought to be proper up your alley.