The next day brings new news about the upcoming new streaming player from Google. Probably “Boreal” is the new Chromecast HD with Google TV, not the new 4K streamer as previously speculated. One thing is to be sure, that the next Chromecast with Google TV will support AV1 video decoding. Additionally, the upcoming 1080p Google TV streaming player should be inexpensive, maybe around $30.
Until Google officially announces or releases a new streaming media player, there will be no assumptions and rumors. But that’s the way it is when some information is leaked.
New Chromecast HD Google TV Streaming Dongle
As reported again by 9to5google and Protocol, the new Google’s streamer is supposed to be a device that supports 1080p but with AV1 decoding. The upcoming “HD” model is to be powered by the Amlogic S805X2 SoC with a Mali-G31 GPU. As we wrote earlier, this chipset supports AV1 decoding at 1080p @60fps resolution.
In addition, the new Chromecast HD with Google TV will also have 2GB of RAM, but it is not known whether it will receive more than the current model, i.e. 8GB eMMC. We can only hope that in the new device we will find 16GB for data.
Due to the fact that the new streaming dongle is to support streaming in 1080p, we can expect that it will be cheaper than the Chromecast 4K version. Hopefully around $30. Thus, it would be a strong alternative to Walmart’s Onn. Android TV HD Stick which costs about $20 but does not support AV1 codec.
New 4K badge on boxes
As one Reddit user (Posted by/LynelGuts) reports, there is a more prominent marking of the 4K version on the box with “Chromecast with Google TV”. This could suggest that the box with the new Chromecast HD will be labeled “HD” or “FHD”. Some are expecting the premiere in May when the Google I/O developer conference is also held.
As time will tell. Nevertheless, we are waiting for new rumors and speculations.