Google's 3rd generation Chromecast is now available
Google's 3rd generation Chromecast goes on sale before it's even announced
Update, Oct 10:
The new Chromecast is now available on the Singapore Google Store, priced at S$65. You can also get it from retailers such as Lazada, Challenger, and Courts. Only the Charcoal version is sold in Singapore; in other markets, the streaming puck is also available in a Chalk color.
The 3rd-gen Chromecast supports up to 1080p @ 60fps streaming, faster 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the new Live Albums from Google Photos, as well as streaming to speaker groups (this last feature is coming later this year). Google also says the updated device is 15% faster than its predecessor.
Google’s new but unreleased products are popping up everywhere. In addition to the Pixel 3 in Hong Kong, it seems that one can also buy the new 3rd generation Chromecast in Best Buy in the U.S. (Note: This happened a week ago, but for some reason, it's still being sold.)
According to Redditor GroveStreetHome, the updated Chromecast is sold to him at US$35, the same price as its predecessor. Going by this logic, I’d assume that the new Chromecast would continue to have a local sticker price of S$65.
Physically, the 3rd-gen Chromecast doesn't differ too much from the one it replaces. It’s said to be slightly thicker and a matte top has replaced the previous model’s glossy finish. The Chrome logo has also made way for the G logo, so I’m a little surprised that Google has kept the Chromecast name. The magnets that secure the HDMI connector to the back of the Chromecast are also gone. And finally, the 2018 Chromecast still uses micro-USB.
According to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings, the 3rd-gen Chromecast also comes with Bluetooth support, which opens up the possibilities of using peripherals such as wireless gaming controllers with the device. Wi-Fi reception with 5GHz networks is expected to be improved as well thanks to an increase in antenna gain.