At the Google I/O 2019 event in California, Google announced thatmoving forward, its smart home products will now come under the “Nest” branding and with that, the Mountain View company also launched the Next Hub Max as its first product under the initiative.
The Nest Hub Max will be a smart display like the Google Home Hub, which was also rebranded to Nest Hub with availability across 12 new markets. Let’s first talk about the latest product – the Nest Hub Max. The smart display comes with a 10-inch HD screen similar to the one on the Lenovo Smart Display and offers a built-in Nest Cam with event history, motion notifications and home/away assist. The built-in camera is none other than the 12MP Sony IMX277 sensor which is also employed inside the GoPro Hero 7 Black.
The Hub Max smart display will provide face recognition technology which will recognise users and display information relevant to them. Google has also added that the Next Hub Max can be used inside the kitchen and will be able to play Youtube videos and TV shows when a person is cooking.
On the specifications side of things, the Hub Max will be powered by an Amlogic T931 processor with 2GB of RAM and stereo speakers for an improved audio range. The display on the device will offer a resolution of 1280×800 pixels with a pixel density of 150 ppi.
The Nest Hub Max will be available for a price of $229 (approx. Rs 16,000).
The newly rebranded Google Next Hub will also be available for a price of $129 (approx. Rs 9,000). The device will now be available in 12 new markets including India, Italy, Japan, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain and Sweden. It’ll also now support nine new languages.
Other prominent announcements at the event were the launch ofPixel 3a and 3a XLsmartphones,new features on Android Qand ton of changes insideGoogle Search, Assistant, Duplex and voice recognition.