On October 4, Google is going to host an event where it will unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, follow-ups to last year’s flagship smartphones.
On the same date, as revealed by Droid-Life, the company will be unveiling a variety of different products, including a brand new smart speaker to add to the lineup that began with the Google Home last year. This model is a bit smaller than the first, though, and the name will reflect that: Google Home Mini. According to the report, the smart speaker will be available in three different colors: Coral, Charcoal, and Chalk.
The base of each model will match the top part, too, so it looks like there will be a white base for the Chalk option, a black base for the Charcoal variant, and the Coral model will have a Coral base. What’s more, based on the images attached to the article, it looks like it will be a wired smart speaker, so it doesn’t look like it will be a wireless option to bring with you from one room to another.
The promotional images also show three light indicators on the top of the speaker, too. They don’t appear to be multicolored like they are on the original Google Home, but some visual feedback for accessing the built-in Google Assistant is a nice touch, even on a smaller unit.
The report indicates Google will unveil the Google Home Mini on October 4, and that it will be priced at $49. It will go on sale soon after that, but no word on a specific date just yet.
With the size of the Google Home Mini, the quality of the speaker will certainly be a talking point for when it arrives later this year. Apple has its own smart speaker on the way, the HomePod, set to arrive this December with a starting price of $349. While Apple touted the speaker’s ability to connect to services like Apple Music, and use the digital personal assistant Siri, one of the other major bullet points was its sound quality, seeing as its meant to be a speaker to fill the room it is placed in.
Then again, at only $49, sound quality may not be the biggest differentiator for the Google Home Mini.
Have you tried out the Google Home at all? Will you consider the smaller variant?