While not officially announced by Google, the upcoming Nest Hub 2 has found its way into the public domain by an unfortunate update from B&H Photo who listed the new device in their online store.
The listing provided by B&H Photo includes some of the upcoming features of the new Google Nest device, including a 7-inch WSVGA display, a three far-field microphone set up as well as some additional key features below;
- Google Assistant Built-In
- 7″ WSVGA Touchscreen
- Three Far-Field Microphones
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
- 1.7″ Full-Range Speaker
- Voice Match Technology
- Control Compatible Smart Home Devices
- Mic Mute Switch for Added Privacy
The revival of the Soli chip
In addition to these key features, it also includes Googles Soli chip. An addition that opens up new features for the Google Nest 2. The Soli chip is used to detect both minor and major movement, with Google using this to implement a new Sleep Sensing into the device.
This Sleep Sensing functionality senses both motion and sound to track how well you sleep, using this data to provide infographics on your sleep schedule – as well as tips on how to improve your sleep.
The Soli chip also allows using air/ hand gestures to control the device, allowing you to pause video andm usic wtih a gesture – as well as snoozing your alarm with a simple touch of the device.
The list on B&H photo goes on to provide a summary of the device;
Enjoy all the functionality of the Google Assistant and a 7″ touchscreen with the charcoal Google Nest Hub 2. It is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity to browse online content, control your compatible smart home devices, and connect with other local smart devices; Bluetooth is also built-in to enable streaming from your favorite compatible device. The touchscreen helps simplify on-screen app navigation and displays search results, photos, videos, your smart security footage, and more. A physical mute switch enables you to turn off the onboard microphones for added privacy.
Price Point & Release Date
The second-generation Google Nest Hub is currently listed for an expected availability date of March 30th 2021. With the price of the device at the time of writing being $99.99 (USD).
We’ll be keeping our eyes open for an official announcement from Google in the coming days and will make sure to keep you updated!