24 July 2019
Google’s smart home device series seems to be preparing a room for a new member that appears to have crossed FCC. The listing shows the model number of the device which is A4RH2B or simply H2B. For reference, this matches the model number of Google home devices’ other products. Take, for instance, the Google Home Mini was H0A, Google Home Max was H0B, Home Hub came with H1A, and the new Nest Hub Max has H2A model number. So, it’s very much clear that the suspected device belongs to this series.
The FCC listing for this Google media device doesn’t reveal anything concrete but looking at the schematic of the bottom side, you can glean to something. The image shows FCC tested the device for both Bluetooth and WiFi (802.11ac), plus it’s powered by a 3.8V lithium-ion battery. This ensures one thing that the device has a removable battery, contrary to Google’s Home speakers that require power by the mains. However, these batteries would also require the power source so as to get charged and keep the device running. And, once charged, it would become portable so that you can take it anywhere.
The tech site DroidLife suspects that the device in question doesn’t have a display because had it featured one, the FCC label would have buried within the software UI as an e-label. Also, note that the device is labeled as just a “media device,” unlike the Home Hub and Nest Hub Max that are “video streaming devices.” So, this further confirms the spotted device doesn’t have a display.
Well, FCC listing of a product also indicates that the launch is imminent. So, we believe we aren’t too far away from witnessing this new smart home device from Google.