The rumors are true: Google has launched a new, cheaper version of its Chromecast devices, but it comes at the expense of some features of older models.
Syncs the Chromecast with Google TV (HD), Hints of this new device began to appear recently Some reports are speculating that the company is extending hardware support to non-4K TVs. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening. This new one HD Chromecast (opens in new tab) is essentially a toned down version of the 2020 model, supporting 4K HDR streaming and multiple Dolby video formats.
On the surface, the new device looks identical to the older model as all the changes are internal.
For $29.99, HD Chromecast lets you stream content in 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution at 60 FPS. Support for 4K resolution is gone and that’s the way it is DolbyVision, an HDR (high dynamic range) format that allows for brighter colors and deeper blacks. The new device supports HDR10 and HDR10+ which are not as robust as Dolby Vision but still improve visual fidelity. Storage has also been downgraded as the HD Chromecast has 1.5GB of RAM compared to the 4K version’s 2GB of RAM.
What isn’t gone are them Dolby audio features (opens in new tab). Dolby Digital, Digital Plus and the the atmosphere (opens in new tab) Audio format are still present in the HD Chromecast. Dolby Digital and Digital Plus, for those who don’t know, are compression technologies that help the device produce high-quality audio without losing fidelity. Dolby Atmos, on the other hand, is a format that recreates spatial sound for a more immersive experience. Atmos is present via HDMI pass-through so you need the right gear e.g Soundbar that supports the format.
The HD Chromecast package is split between the dongle itself, which you can plug directly into a TV using the HDMI cable, and a remote control.
On this remote you’ll find the same navigation circle as the 4K model, plus some dedicated buttons for opening YouTube, Netflix and accessing the Google Assistant. The remote control also has voice control to give a command to the assistant. You can even check the video feed from a Nest Doorbell device through the HD Chromecast, according to Google.
That Chromecast with Google TV (HD) (opens in new tab) is now available in the company shop, but only in Snow White. However, Australians have to pay a little more. In Australia, the device costs 59 AUD, which is about 40 USD.
Google TV renovation
The launch of the HD Chromecast comes at an interesting time as Google updates its Google TV service.
Back on 22.8, the company admitted that its service wasn’t performing at its best and has been trying to fix it ever since. A recent update brought improved memory management and an increase in performance. The company states that Google TV comes with over 10,000 apps.
There are also Rumors are circulating that Google TV will get 50 additional channels of live TV with the need for an additional subscription. Considering how the HD Chromecast started as a rumor and the newfound interest, the 50 channels could be a reality.
How well an HD-only Chromecast will fare in a market where 4K TVs are quickly becoming the norm remains to be seen. For those looking for a streaming bargain, it might just hit the spot.
Be sure to check out TechRadar’s review of the HD Chromecast’s older brother, the 4K HDR model of 2020 (We really liked it).
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