Google is hosting a hardware launch event on Sept. 30, and we’re expecting to see a Chromecast-style device alongside the Pixel 5 – and now a recently leaked image gives us a better idea of what to expect.
There are no major disclosures in the photos posted by WinFuture, but they confirm many of the previous leaks we’ve seen and show that the upcoming dongle will be a relatively compact device (and available in white).
You can see the separate remote that we glimpsed earlier, as well as the pill-like shape seen in previous renderings. It connects to your TV via HDMI and is powered via a USB-C port.
What we seem to be looking at, based on everything we’ve heard so far, is a Chromecast with Android TV on board. At the time of launch, Android TV may be renamed to Google TV (which was basically its original name).
By merging a Chromecast and an Android TV device, the new dongle can stream content as directed by your phone and laptop, and run apps like Netflix and Plex itself, so you have plenty of flexibility.
The name of the device, we’ve heard, is going to be Google Chromecast with Google TV – it’s not the most convenient nickname out there, but at least it describes what the hardware is going to offer entertainment fans.
It’s apparently codenamed Sabrina in Google, and the smart streaming dongle is tipped to support 4K, 60fps output, HDR, and Dolby Vision, so it seems like it ticks a lot of the necessary boxes.
It is also said to support the latest HDMI 2.1 standard with minimal lag: very useful for those Google Stadia gaming sessions. Based on leaked information, it will launch in the US for less than $ 50 (that’s around £ 39 or AU $ 69, but don’t expect an instant currency conversion).