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Google: Cheap Chromecast HD is official

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The price of €39.99 is good, but it’s really only the absolute minimum to get Google TV on your home TV.

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The official name of the new streaming player is “Chromecast with Google TV (HD)”. Visually, the new version is practically identical to the 4K version. For the new player, the search engine giant not only lowers the resolution, but also deletes Dolby Atmos. The large version is still sold for €70, while the new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) costs €40. The only color is white.

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With its 1080p resolution, the new Chromecast is aimed at people who have not yet bought a 4K TV or are simply looking for a cheap solution for a second TV. The new Chromecast also relies on HDR and Google TV. That means less fumbling with the smartphone and more convenient control via remote control using a graphical interface.

New Chromecast with Google TV has weak hardware

It’s no secret that the latest Chromecast from 2020 doesn’t offer a good software experience. The performance is not good and the storage space is also very tight at 8GB. The new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is said to have even less RAM (1.5 instead of 2GB) and a weaker SoC.

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Alphabet says they continue to work on and improve the speed and overall performance of Google TV. What could help directly with the new Chromecast is AV1 decoding. AV1 is more efficient than the older H.264 standard when streaming video content. The standard is open source and no license fees are required.

YouTube has aggressively promoted AV1 to many hardware partners over the past few years. It is therefore not surprising that Google is now also using it for its own streaming hardware. The new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is the first step.

Chromecast HD’s main competitors include Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and the Roku Express. All three are in the same price range and each of the three also has a 4K counterpart. However, every mega corporation also offers versions of the streaming players that are not painfully slow and laggy.

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