Google launches its smallest generation smart home speaker and calls it Google Nest Mini. From a purely physical point of view, little has changed, but there are more microphones, a stronger speaker, and a specially designed chip under the recycled hood to speed up the Google Assistant.
Market launch on October 22 for 59 euros
After the Nest Hub (test), Google is now launching its smart home speakers under a new name. It starts with the Google Nest Mini, the successor to the Google Home Mini. After Germany, the small speaker will come on October 22 for the unchanged price of 59 euros. In addition to the Google Store he should also be offered to the well-known electronics retailers. In Germany, due to the prevailing popularity, only the colors “carbon” and “chalk” will be available, while for the US also red and blue are planned.
Housing made of recycled plastic
The case of the Nest Mini is recently made by Google from 43 percent recycled plastic, the alleged fabric hood is actually made of 100 percent recycled plastic, but does not feel like ComputerBase can confirm after the first try. The loudspeaker can be optically integrated into the living room. A new indentation on the back allows hanging on the wall.
Ultrasound sensors in the Nest Mini detect the approach of a hand and then activate several LEDs on the top, each positioned on the edge to control the volume and signal in the middle activities of the Assistant. Upside down, the Nest Mini reveals a classic power connector for barrel connectors instead of the previously installed micro USB socket. Google argues that with the old socket, the now more powerful loudspeaker could not have been operated anymore. But the change is incomprehensible in the face of powerful USB Type-C power supplies.
More bass and more microphones
Speaking of speakers: This is now in the range between 60 Hz and 100 Hz twice as strong bass reproduction at maximum volume. In the short listening test with Taylor Swift, the Nest Mini sounded more powerful than the Home Mini. The added bonus is a new amplifier, which forms a unit at the bottom of the Nest Mini with the loudspeaker. At the top are the microphones, which now have three instead of two installed, which should benefit a more reliable speech recognition.
New Google Assistant only in English
The Nest Mini is the next generation of Google Assistant, which Google first launched in spring for its own Google I / O developer conference. A self-developed machine learning chip in the Nest Mini processes significantly more requests directly on the device instead of communicating with Google's cloud. For the time being, however, this only works in English, since other language models have not yet been sufficiently trained. Over the coming year, Google wants to offer the faster assistant in other languages, including German.
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