Google’s upcoming 1080p Chromecast has been steadily leaking since the start of the year. Most recently we learned that the new model would likely cost $29.99 and be released very soon. New information has now surfaced, including a lengthy understanding of the device’s hardware specs and images that reveal the device will look identical to the existing Chromecast released in 2020.
Everton Favretto, writing for Brazilian site Technoblog, has uncovered a new regulatory filing for what he believes is the upcoming 1080p Chromecast. Favretto, if you recall, is the same person who uncovered the latest Fire TV remote before it was announced. The filling includes images of the new device that look identical in every way to the existing Chromecast. The model number of the new device is listed as G454V, which surfaced earlier this year in the FCC as well, but without images.
While the outside of the device looks the same, the inside is another story. Kuba Wojciechowski, a developer with a history of digging through Google’s software, claims to have a full build of the new Chromecasts firmware which he says reveals most of the device’s hardware specs. The SoC of the new ‘Chromecast HD,’ as the firmware names it, is the Amlogic S805X2. Unsurprisingly, that’s a considerable downgrade from the 4K model’s S905X3, but the new SoC does support AV1 video decoding, which the 4K Chromecast does not. RAM for the HD model is said to be 1.5GB, which is certainly a downgrade from the 4K model’s 2GB, but is pretty good considering most 1080p devices have only 1GB of memory. Connectivity is said to include WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2.
The 1080p Chromecast is said to ship with Android 12. If true, it’ll be the first Google TV device to ship with the newer OS, as the existing 4K Chromecast is still running Android 10, which is what it launched with. The new model is said to support virtual A/B software updates which allow it to more seamlessly receive updates without needing to first download large files. The lack of support for this feature is one reason people believe the existing 4K Chromecast hasn’t received any major Android version updates, so the new model may be more likely to receive Android 13, which is just around the corner. Google is holding an event on October 6th where the company is expected to reveal several new devices, including this leaked 1080p Chromecast.