Many Thanks to @Za_Raczke over on Twitter, we have a beautiful company concept currently of what we ought to anticipate in the rather-odd Chromecast HD that we anticipate to see rather quickly. While we’re not particular Google will certainly include this tool in the keynote for the upcoming October sixth equipment occasion, I’d bet we’ll see it in the hands-on location and also in the Google Shop soon after the procedures finish up.

Google’s brand-new Chromecast HD has actually dripped lots of times over the previous couple of months. From spec leakages in January to complete tool pictures from regulative records today and also currently, many thanks to Nest group’s inexperience, I’ve currently gotten its complete software application construct.

If you put in the time to check out the string over, you’ll see a couple of points validated like the ‘Chromecast HD’ identifying (indicating a 1080p tool without a doubt) and also a downgrade from the initial Chromecast w/Google television from 2GB of RAM to 1.5GB this time around. Furthermore, the cpu is a less-competent Amlogic S805X2 chip versus the original’s S905X3. While the brand-new chip comes geared up with AV1 decoding (which the initial Chromecast w/Google television does not have), the general power of this chip is merely much less durable.

For a tool wanting to go into the marketplace at a much reduced rate while just outputting 1080p, those giving ins make good sense, I intend. I still concur with Gabriel in claiming that a brand-new, higher-end Chromecast ought to be introducing with this tool for it to make any kind of feeling at this moment in 2022, however if a super-cheap Chromecast is coming, I completely recognize the cut-backs.

One extremely strange upgrade

While those specifications might be a little a downer, Google goes to the very least including an attribute to this tool that might reverse a few of the initial storage space problems existing on the very first version. While you might assume that something as easy as boosting the storage space dimension a little bit would certainly be the clearest service, below, Google looks rather to be addressing this easy problem with software application rather. It’s an intriguing step, however one that ought to function.

You see, the brand-new Chromecast HD (or whatever it will certainly be called) will certainly deliver with Android/Google television 12, making it the very first to do so. With that said upgrade comes the capability for the OS to upgrade behind-the-scenes in a smooth A/B style. This suggests the upgrade can download and install and also set up in a pressed type, occupying absolutely no user-facing storage space and also rather operating read-only storage space dividings rather.

The puny 8GB of storage space on the initial Chromecast w/Google television suggests we’ll likely never ever see it updated past Android/Google television 10 because of the failure to take care of those large OS updates by means of dividings without some kind of equipment upgrade.

So, at launch, the Chromecast HD will certainly have a quite large ace up the sleeve over the existing version, and also all of it simply really feels a little bit weird. We still don’t have a strong grip on what Google’s inspiration is with this tool and also why it would certainly exist whatsoever without a far better ‘costs’ choice for customers to pick. 1080p was great a couple of years earlier, however an increasing number of individuals are transferring to 4K tvs, suggesting this version is currently behind the contour prior to it also appears. An upgraded 4K version to accompany it would certainly make much more feeling, however there’s no sign of this whatsoever now. I presume we’ll see what occurs in October.

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