05 August 2022
The current-gen Chromecast with Google TV was launched in 2020 which makes it just a little over one year old. This is a pretty short period for expecting a successor but Google is rumored to be developing a low-end model. A report from Android Police reveals that this new model will not be as powerful as the latest Chromecast and will cost a lot cheaper for the same reasons.
The biggest difference between the currently available and under development Chromecast models is said to be in terms of streaming quality. The upcoming device is codenamed "Boreal" and will offer up to 1080p streaming at 60fps in comparison to 4K support on the current model but it will work with HDR10+ content. Its commercial name is expected to be Chromecast HD with Google TV.
The choice of processor is tipped to be Amlogic S805X2 which is compatible with AV1 video decoding. Google has made it mandatory for all Android TV devices to support this codec. This is because it leads to lower bandwidth usage while streaming content compatible with it. The new model will have a design similar to the current gen and there will be 2GB of RAM.
The pricing of the "Boreal" Chromecast is expected to be $40 or lower. This makes sense as the 4K supported Chromecast with Google TV sells for $50. In terms of software experience, it will reportedly boot Android 12 TV out of the box. The launch is expected to sometime during this year but an exact date is unknown.