It’s thought Google is preparing to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra, and if the leaked details are true, it’s going to ship with a voice-enabled remote.
As 9To5Google reports, the hardware refresh uses the codename “sabrina” and will eventually appear on the market as a refreshed Chromecast Ultra. There’s two big differences over the existing Ultra dongle, though. The first is the expected inclusion of a physical remote, and the second is it runs Android TV.
The new Ultra will look similar to the third-generation Chromecast, plugs in to a HDMI port, and requires a second cable for power. The accompanying remote includes a Google Assistant button and a microphone for voice input. As you’d expect, the new Ultra will allow for up to 4K HDR content playback.
Google developed Android TV with digital media players and set-top boxes in mind, so using it for a new Chromecast device makes sense. It allows access to all of the most popular streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney+, and of course YouTube TV, while also supporting live TV, apps, and games through the Google Play Store.
Although Google isn’t commenting, the remote for this new Chromecast looks to have already been spotted as it passed through the FCC by Protocol’s Janko Roettgers. What we don’t know yet is when Google intends to launch this second-gen Chromecast Ultra and how much it will cost.
The existing Ultra is $69, but it only includes the Ultra, a power cable, and a power adapter with Ethernet port. Adding a remote as well as the additional packaging that requires will most likely see the price increase, or Google may choose to take a profit hit and keep the price the same.