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What if the Google Home Hub had a camera and larger, higher resolution display?
  • Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s new smart display announced at Google I/O 2019.
  • The Nest Hub Max has the same slanted design as its smaller sibling, the same fabric speaker cover on the rear.
  • The most obvious benefit of the added camera is video calling via Google Duo.

What if the Google Home Hub had a camera and larger, higher resolution display? Meet the Google Nest Hub Max — the first smart home product to come from the newly announced Google Nest co-brand.

The Google Nest Hub Max goes on sale in the U.S. and U.K. on July 15 for $229 and 219 pounds, respectively.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s new smart display announced at Google I/O 2019.

Google says that, of the millions of Google Home devices sold across the last holiday season, one in every seven was a Google Home Hub. It’s no surprise then that the first marquee product from the Nest-Google hardware division merger is another smart display with an almost identical overall look.

The Nest Hub Max has the same slanted design as its smaller sibling, the same fabric speaker cover on the rear, and the same pastel color scheme (available in Chalk and Charcoal at launch).

The most immediate change is the display, which has jumped from the Home Hub’s 7-inches to a 10-inch panel. The display has also enjoyed a resolution bump up to 1,280 x 800 and has a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Like the Home Hub (which will be rebranded to the Nest Hub very soon), the Nest Hub Max is also outfitted with an ambient EQ sensor to help adjust the color temperature of the screen to the room it’s in and changing light conditions.

On the audio front, the Nest Hub Max offers 2.1 stereo through two 38mm tweeters and a 78mm subwoofer.

Edward Kenney, product lead for Google Assistant devices in U.K., told Android Authority that the Nest Hub Max was designed to fit in between the regular Google Home and Google Home Max in terms of overall audio quality.

Having heard a brief music sample on YouTube Music (Spotify and Deezer are also supported) on the Nest Hub Max and having tested tested every other Google Home device, I’d say that’s a fair position — it sounds awesome.

As well as two far-field mics for picking up Google Assistant voice commands, the Nest Hub Max also features a volume rocker on the side and a mute slider on the back like the regular Home Hub.

The only difference is the mute slider doesn’t just mute the mics; it mutes the Nest Hub Max’s headline new feature — the camera.

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