Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo Dot is coming soon. We first learned about the Google Home Mini from details that leaked in August and September.

Now Walmart has pretty much confirmed what we knew, and added a few new details. The retailer posted a product page for Google’s new $49 smart speaker which has since been removed. But the internet being what it is, some folks managed to download pictures and capture screenshots of the page before it was pulled down.

The Google Home Mini is said to offer “hands-free help in any room” by allowing you to interact with Google Assistant by voice. It can do everything the larger Google Assistant smart speaker can, but it comes in a more compact package that measures weighs less than a pound and measures about 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.7″ (although that last one looks unlikely, since the pictures show a device that’s wider than it is tall).

There are four LED lights that are visible on top of the device, and the Google Home Mini should be able to distinguish up to 6 different voices, allowing multiple users to share a speaker.

It’s expected to come in three color options described as chalk, charcoal, and coral… which you might know as black, grey, and a sort of pinkish red/orange color.

As expected, it looks like the Google Home Mini will sell for $49. It’s expected to go up for pre-order this week and the speaker should ship October 19th.

That makes it about the same price as Amazon’s Echo Dot, although it’s a little larger and heavier. Maybe that means there’s room for a slightly better speaker?

Google is holding a hardware launch event on October 4th, where the company is expected to officially unveil the Google Home Mini as well as other products including two new phones, a new Chromebook, and more.

via Droid Life and 9to5Google

 

 

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4 replies on “$49 Google Home Mini smart speaker leaked (again) by Walmart”

  1. That third dimension – 4.7″ – can’t be right? It is clearly shorter than it is wide (4.5″).

    1. Yeah, I was skeptical of that one too… should probably have mentioned that in the article. It’s possible those are the packaging dimensions, even though they’re said to be for the product itself.

  2. Would love to see something under $20 which was just the mic array and some indicator lights. Then allow that to be default paired to a Chromecast or Chromecast Group.
    Multiple inputs with a single output would be a great way to extend range too. As long as it was smart enough to only answer once. So if you have a Google Home that can’t quite hear you on the other side of the room just get the cheap mic array and plug in over there and default it back to your Home.
    $50 is a much better price point than the original. However at less than $20 it would be an impulse buy for anyone who had a Chromecast already. And you could sell them as a package for the same $50. Speaker not included.
    Hopefully at the very least this will have full audio out capabilities along the same lines as CCAudio.

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