Google’s Smart Display likely to be called the Home Hub, cost $149

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Many have speculated that Google will release some kind of screen-equipped smart home device this year at it's annual hardware event in October.

On Tuesday, posted pictures of the upcoming product, which it claims will be called "Google Home Hub". While the Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot accounted for 38 percent of global shipments, they only accounted for 17 percent of revenue. For one thing, Google's Home Hub apparently features a smaller display, suggesting that it will appeal less to people looking to watch Netflix and more to the smart speaker crowd.

As you can see from the two images below, the Google Home Hub looks like a combination of an Android tablet and a Google Home Max. This bottom half of the Home Hub looks to be wrapped in the same cloth material found on other Home smart speakers. It would integrate with its Nest smart camera for example, and you could ask it to show your front door, or Google Photos and ask it to show you your photos from Hawaii, all via voice.

The device features a large 15-watt speaker and 7-inch screen and is powered by Google Assistant.

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Other details we can glean from the leak is that Google Home Hub will be available in not only a "Chalk White" colour but also in "Charcoal".

The photos give credence to previous rumors that Google may soon launch its own smart display.

SimpliSafe added Amazon's Alexa integration earlier this year, but for those of you living in Google's smart home ecosystem, this new addition is essential. In fact, a Google executive strongly hinted at plans to launch a smart display made by Google in an interview with Variety this spring.

Voice commands will be supported, as expected. The top bezel has a bunch of sensors but doesn't seem to have a camera which is weird since the Lenovo Smart Display has a camera for video calling using Google Duo.

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