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Googles new Chromecast is cheaper, tops out at HD resolution

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Google, as have been rumored, today announced a more recent, cheaper Chromecast with Google TV, and something that tops out at HD resolution and will not support better 4K UHD resolution.

The brand new $30 dongle looks and acts similar to the $50 model, only that one is bound to 1080p and 60 fps. It still supports HDR, however, thats limited by HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG, also it lacks Dolby Vision.

Chromecast with Google TV
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Otherwise, youre considering the same device weve been enjoying for a couple of years now. Same remote. Same operating-system. Same Google smarts.

The question, then, is excatly why have a restricted device such as this when almost every new television sold today will probably have a 4K panel? The easiest answer is (as always) that it probably boils down to money. Both Roku and Amazon Fire TV both biggest players in it dongle space have significantly more than one device that will come in at the sub-$50 price. Google didnt, until today.

But Roku gets you a 4K dongle for $40 in the . Even though the retails at $50, its also not unusual to view it drop below that price. All having said that, it at the very least gets Google in to the conversation. And its own nothing like there arent any 1080p televisions on the market. So this is really a perfectly fine solution to save $20 to create among those sets just a little better, or even to augment a dumb TV in an extra room, perhaps.

Its also obtainable in just the single Snow off-white color. Also to sweeten the offer, youll get half a year free from Peacock Premium.

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