The new model has many similarities to the second generation, announced in 2015. However, there are a number of new features as well, which give a fresh look and feel to the device. Let’s delve into the details of this new model in order to know what this new model is all about.
Google officially launched Chromecast 3 a few days ago. The third generation of the HDMI dongle comes with innovation in the finish, now matte and available in white (chalk) and black (charcoal). Other than that, there is no big news. The handset delivers the same Full HD resolution and support for the Chromecast 2 dual-band Wi-Fi AC, presented in 2015.
The value is also the same as the predecessor, with the arrival in the international market for the US $35. Check out the similarities and differences between Chromecast 2 (2015) and Chromecast 3 (2018) below.
Specifications of the device:
- Dimensions: 51.8 x 51.9 x 13.8 mm (W x H x D), 152 mm (cable)
- Weight: 40 grams
- Resolution: Full HD, 60 fps
- Wi-Fi: 802.11ac (2.4 GHz / 5.0 GHz)
- Power: 5 V, 1 A
- Connector: HDMI, micro USB
- Operating Systems: Android, iOS, MacOS, and Windows
The main change was even in design, although even this has not changed significantly. In the new generation, the Chrome logo gives way to Google’s “G”, more discreet and also centralized. The device lost the vibrant color options coral and lemonade, which were replaced by the discrete white and black versions.
The shape remains circular and almost identical in size to that of Chromecast 2. The body became a little thicker and was 1.34 cm to 1.38 cm, while the diameter remained 5.19 cm. As a result, the appliance had a subtle weight gain and went from 39.1 to 40 grams.
In the round base are still present the HDMI connector, located at the tip of the flexible rod, and the micro USB port, where the power icon is made. The cable attached to the box shortened and dropped from 1.75 to 1.52 meters, but the power supply remains standard with 5V and 1A.
Google kept the Chromecast Ultra as the only HDMI dongle with support for the 4K resolution. As explained earlier, the new generation of Chromecast retains the same Full HD quality (1080p) from the second version.
Despite this, the transition between images promises to be more fluid in the new device. That’s because it supports streaming at 60 frames-per-second (fps), while Chromecast 2 only reaches half, 30 fps.
Systems and resources
Like the predecessor, control of the new Chromecast is done by the Google Home app. It is available for Android (4.2 and higher) and iOS (9.1 and higher), Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) and Windows (7 and later) computers.
Google’s big push to attract consumers is integration with Google Home smartphones, which have been remodeled, and the Google Home Mini, introduced last year. With this feature, users can control Chromecast via the voice command.
The maker also highlights features such as Ambiente Mode, capable of turning the TV into a digital frame while transmitting selected photos from Google Photos. The function also allows you to forecast weather, time and other relevant information on the big screen for easy viewing.
Connectivity and other specs
Chromecast 3 features the same Wi-Fi connection as the previous 802.11 b/g/n/ac standard and operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. There were rumors that the 2018 generation would bring Bluetooth connectivity, but the page manufacturer does not display this specification.
There is also no detailed information on the processing power of the new model. Chromecast 2 comes with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 256 MB of storage – not meant to save media, but save files in cache – and 512 MB of RAM.