Your first look at the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra


We’re already gearing up for Google’s big smartphone announcement next week, but it looks like a 4K-capable Chromecast might also make an appearance during the show October 4.

Adding to the validity of the so-called Chromecast Ultra is a leaked image showing off Google’s allegedly decked-out disk, courtesy of leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass.

Image Credit Evan Blass
Image Credit: Evan Blass (via VentureBeat)

Little seems to have changed on the outside, save for a swap of the Chrome logo on the front for Google’s all-encompassing ‘G’ – perhaps in a move to merge the company’s brands together, as seen in reports that Google’s own Android may phase out Chrome OS.

Logos aside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, with the Chromecast Ultra reportedly capable of 4K resolution streaming and HDR television support – both making it a considerable upgrade over the original Chromecast’s 1080p cap.

Pretty pictures…pretty price?

The extra pixels comes at a premium, however, with the Ultra looking like it will cost $69 (about £55, AU$90), which is double the current Chromecast’s $35 (£30, AU$49) price tag.

However, the extra cost isn’t scary at all when compared to some pricier 4K-capable streaming solutions like Nvidia’s $199 (about £130, AU$255) Shield set-top box, or having to shell out $400 (£349, AU$549) for an Xbox One S or PS4 Pro.

That said, devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku 4, and the incoming Mi Box are capable of 4K streaming all within a relative neighborhood of $100 (about £77, AU$131), meaning the Chromecast Ultra may want to keep an eye out on the competition when it has its formal unveiling in October.

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