Google adds Home Mini and Home Max to speaker lineupBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 5 October 2017 | Categories: news
It wasn't all Pixel 2 at last night's MadeByGoogle event. In fact, the company kicked things off by showcasing two new additions to its smart speaker lineup with the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. Each device sits either side of the standard Google Home within the company's speaker range, and offer consumers a couple more options.
Starting with the smallest offering, the Google Home Mini is a circular corded speaker that weighs in at a lightweight 173 g. It also features most of the functionality of the larger Google Home speaker, with Google Assistant touch interface, and 360-degree sound thrown into the mix. It will be available in three colours, coral, chalk and charcoal, and is listed at $49.
Moving onto the surprise addition, the Google Home Max is the company's offering with audiophiles in mind. The speaker's design means it can be positioned horizontally or vertically, with Google Assistant a feature as well. Added to this, Google has integrated support for a number of streaming services and music apps, with YouTube Music being a major one, as Google is giving 12-months free subscription for those who pre-order the Max.
It has both voice and on-device controls and gestures, as well as Smart Sound mode for high fidelity audio, according to Google. The Google Home Max will be sold in the States initially later this year, with a price tag of $399.
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