Chromecast Ultra Australian price, specs and launch date

Posted: 5 October 2016 6:58 am News


Google's TV streaming device has upgraded with support for 4K and HDR.

Google's popular Chromecast streaming dongle is going hi-def.

Google announced the Chromecast Ultra at the launch event which also saw the release of its Pixel phones, Project Daydream View VR platform and Google Wi-Fi device.

The Ultra adds support for 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) content, as well as Dolby Vision. The initial release will support 4K material from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu, but Google says additional content sources will be added in the future, including Google Play Movies and Google Play TV.

The device is claimed to be 1.8 times faster at loading video than the previous Chromecast. One welcome improvement: the addition of an Ethernet port so you can have a more reliable connection. Like previous generations, it plugs into the HDMI port on your TV, as well as needing its own power supply (there's an included 2 metre power cable).

The Chromecast Ultra will be available in November (we'll update when a more specific release date is announced). It's priced at $99, and as with the other gear announced this morning, we expect to see it in JB Hi-Fi and at Telstra stores, as well as through Google's own online store, and likely through other retailers later.

Length 2.29 in (58.20 mm)
Width 0.53 in (13.70 mm)
Height 2.29 in (58.20 mm)
Power cable 2 m
Device weight 47g
Adaptor weight 101g

The device follows the Chromecast 2, which only officially launched in Australia back in February this year

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