We’ve seen a ton of leaks surrounding Google’s upcoming Chromecast device in recent weeks. These leaks have revealed that the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) will likely ship with Google TV based on Android 12 and will feature an Amlogic S805X2 SoC coupled with 1.5 GB of RAM. We’ve also learned that the streaming dongle will feature the same design as the 4K model and will retail for around $40 in the US. While Google hasn’t officially announced it yet, you can buy one right now if you’re in the market. the United States lives through Best Buy, and it’s actually a bit cheaper, costing $29.99.
The Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is a cheaper Chromecast that can only play 1080p, but for many people that’s all you need.
While we typically advise that buying before release isn’t a good idea considering it’s on Best Buy, this seems to be the real deal. We expect Google to unveil the Chromecast with Google TV every day now, especially since a training video for store associates was also accidentally posted on Google’s YouTube channel. Starting today, Best Buy offers both curbside pickup if you want to try your luck, and it also offers delivery.
Judging by the retail training video, it appears that Google’s Chromecast with Google TV (HD) will have the same features as the 4K model, but without 4K, of course. It includes support for all your favorite Android TV apps, HDR and Google Assistant. You also get the dongle itself, a remote, a power cable, an adapter and AAA batteries for the remote in the box, and all you have to do is plug it into your TV and you’re good to go. It supports 1080p 60 FPS right out of the box and only takes a few minutes to set up.
As for pricing, although it costs $29 in the US, we also know it costs £34.99 in the UK and somewhere around €40 in Europe.