Here’s an interesting read for the day. The third-gen Chromecast won’t be out until October 9th but it looks like someone was able to get their hands on it early because of a Best Buy employee selling the device before its release date.
UPDATE (10/03/2018 10:45 a.m. ET): Today we witnessed yet another Best Buy store displaying the Google Chromecast before the release date. It seems these are for sale as well. We’re reaching out to Google for comment.
Another Best Buy with the new Chromecast out. Not sure why they’re doing this when the device doesn’t come out until the 9th. pic.twitter.com/eryOYKw4jM
— Kyle Funk (@Incr3dibl3Funk) October 3, 2018
A Reddit user created a post showing off the newest Chromecast device from Google and saying they had bought it too early. The user also explained what happened and how he was able to get the device.
I went to Best Buy earlier to pick up a Chromecast for my new TV, then I noticed the packaging and design was different from my first one. I thought it was just a design refresh taking queues from the Chromecast Ultra. Then when I was at the cashier, they couldn’t scan the item because it wasn’t in the system yet because the release date is on the 9th of October (Same day as the 2018 Google event) but I guess they put it out too early. But since I already had it in my hand and was the same price as the 2nd generation Chromecast, they let me have it under the old SKU.
Upon setting up at home and comparing it to my 2nd gen Chromecast, it seems a little thicker. The top is no longer glossy and the Chrome logo has been replaced with the G Google logo. Still micro-USB (sad right). They did remove the magnetic HDMI connector on the tip and base of the Chromecast which is a bummer.
It’s unclear why the Best Buy employee even tried to sell the third-gen device when it wasn’t ringing up in the system and bypassed it but, if found out, there will be dire consequences for that employee. As for the person who has the new Chromecast, he’s not able to use it yet because the Google Home app hasn’t been updated to support the streaming device.
What we know so far about this new Chromcast is that it’ll support Bluetooth and have faster Wi-Fi connections. Micro-USB will still be used instead of USB-C and the third-gen Chromecast have a matte feel to it instead of a glossy design like the second-gen Chromecast.
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