If you love the latest tech, then you might find yourself disappointed this afternoon as the launch of Google's Nest Hub Max has been delayed. The product was announced at Google I/O 2019 a potential response to Amazon's Echo lineup of devices. Originally, the Nest Hub Max was due for release on 9 September 2019, which was later confirmed by the company's Support Page.
An eagle-eyed user over at Droid-Life however spotted that the date has now been replaced with 'Coming Soon'. Reasons as to why the delay has occurred are unknown, but it's undoubtedly a blow to the tech company who are desperate to expand their home hub products. The Hub Max will extend the firm's smart speaker range, sitting roughly between the Google Home Max and Google Home in terms of speaker quality.
What is the Nest Hub Max?
The Nest Hub Max is the next addition to Google's collection of home devices, bringing a 10-inch display and a whole host of new features including a camera - something that was missing from the 7-inch Home. It also acts as a Google Home speaker and has an in-built Google Assistant that can converse with users.
How much will the Nest Hub Max cost?
Google says the Nest Hub Max will also be available in the UK from John Lewis, Argos and Currys PC World. The Google Nest Hub Max price is $229 / £219 which makes it cheaper than the Home Max speaker, but also quite a bit more than the smaller Home Hub smart display ($119 / £139). It also makes it the same price as Amazon's Echo Show, which also has a camera and the same size display.
What features will the Nest Hub have?
- 10-inch, 1280 x 800 display
- Front-facing Nest camera with 127-degree field of view
- 2-channel speaker setup (2 tweeters and a woofer)
- 2 far-field microphone arrays
- Switch to disable camera and microphone
According to TechRadar, Google says that the Hub will recognise a user through face recognition - Face Match - and use it to offer a personalised experience. Also, in order to deal with the privacy concerns, Google says that it has placed a green LED light in the Hub Max, which will light up when the device is recording a video or streaming it. The device also has a switch that users will be able to toggle to physically disable the camera and microphone. Amazon Echo devices also offer similar functionality.