A fresh, cheaper Chromecast upgrade is on the way - but with surprising features

A fresh, cheaper Chromecast upgrade is on the way - but with surprising features ...

A new Chromecast with Google TV appears to be on the verge of being eliminated, and if the latest leak around the device is to be discovered, it will look more or less similar to the actual model that was launched in September 2020.

Documents about the device in question have sent it to the National Telecommunications Agency in Brazil, and they have appeared in a series of photographs, and the familiar white oval shape is on display again.

The other information that we receive from this documentation is fairly standard for a Chromecast device: there''s the HDMI connector, Wi-Fi support up to 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies, and Bluetooth LE support.

Cheaper price point

While this documentation does not reveal much more about the streaming dongle, earlier this week WinFuture (opens in a new tab) obtained information that indicated a more affordable Chromecast with Google TV that was limited to 1080p streaming rather than 4K.

Although the resolution decline will be dissatisfied for some, it won''t matter for others, and the new model will be more affordable. A starting price in Europe of 40 (about $40 / 35 / AU$60) has been mentioned, while the 4K Chromecast with Google TV currently retails for 70 (about $70 / 80 / AU$105).

The perfect space to reveal the device is coming up: Google has announced a hardware event for October 6, where it is expected to show off the Pixel 7, the Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel Watch, and perhaps even a few other features.

Analysis: downgrades and upgrades

The vast majority of TVs on sale opting for a 4K resolution, but it''s perhaps quite surprising that the new Chromecast with Google TV will be sticking to 1080p. It will of course work in a 4K TV, but it simply won''t use the screen resolution to its full potential.

Google must be confident that there are enough smaller secondary TVs embedded in bedrooms and offices that there will be a demand for this new model, particularly as it looks to cost significantly less than the 4K version that is currently on sale.

The coming dongle might be a bit faster than the current model, adding some more storage Google has admitted there have been issues with performance and storage space on the 4K device, and has been busy working to fix them.

With that in mind, the 1080p Chromecast with Google TV might bolster these capabilities. It would also lower the future Chromecast, with remote control and the latest Google TV software, to a budget price point.