Retailers Sell New Chromecast Before Official Reveal
In a major blunder, Google’s new Chromecast has accidentally gone on sale at several US retailers before its official announcement.
Customers were able to purchase the device (pictured above, image from Reddit user AsianCPA) from stores including Walmart and The Home Depot for $50 USD (around $70 AUD). News outlets including The Verge have confirmed that they were able to buy the new Chromecast; according to The Verge, the receipt did not list the device by name, instead referring to its codename “Sabrina”.
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The new device ships with a remote, as leaks suggested, as well as the rebranded Google TV smart TV platform. According to reports, it supports 4K with HDR like the Chromecast Ultra, as well as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision; it also features a USB-C power adapter and around 4.4 GB of storage space.
Reddit users have, however, reported that the new device does not support Google’s Stadia game streaming service, with pictures showing the a message reading “Your device isn’t compatible with this version” on Stadia’s app page.
The new Chromecast is set to be officially announced at a Google event on September 30.