After launching the second-generation version of its smart display Nest Hub, Google is now going the extra mile in ensuring that the next version will have a display screen that can be detached and also used as a tablet. A 9to5Google report citing sources claimed that the product is slated for a 2022 launch. The attachable option will also be there for consumers using this as a smart home device.
As per the report, the search giant is working on a new Nest Hub for ‘2022’ with a ‘dockable tablet’ form factor where the screen detaches from a base/speaker, which may also act as a speaker that can also charge the device. The report, however, didn’t mention the Operating System that will be powering the device. The name of the next-generation device and its pricing details are also not mentioned in the report.
The upcoming product is believed to be meant for individual users at their homes and can also be used for professionals getting accustomed to the hybrid work culture. Once launched, it will be taking on similar tablets that are based on Google’s Assistant Ambient Mode, such as Yoga Tab 11, Smart Tab M8 HD, and the Smart Tab M10 tablet by Lenovo, Amazon Show Mode and Samsung Home Hub.
Early this year, Google India had rolled out the second-generation version of its smart display Nest Hub for Rs 7,999. Powered by Google Assistant, its users can stream music, play podcasts, get the weather updates, make calls on Duo etc. Interestingly, the all-new device by Google is built using ‘recycled materials’ with its enclosure (consisting of fabric, housing and a few small parts) being made from 54% recycled plastic.
While the second-gen Nest Hub’s speaker is based on the same audio technology as Nest Audio, Google while rolling out the product has revealed that it has 50% more bass than the original Nest Hub (1st gen) and is now offered with an additional microphone. Due to privacy reasons, Google has decided not to incorporate cameras into the Nest Hub 2 (just like the previous version).