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Google’s next-generation Nest leaks out with new design

by Killian Bell | August 21, 2017August 21, 2017 5:08 am EST

Google’s next-generation Nest thermostat has been leaked ahead of its official unveiling. The device sports a completely redesigned exterior that hints the new model will be significantly more affordable than its predecessors.

Nest was one of the first smart thermostats that makes it easier to control the temperature of our homes, no matter where we are in the world. It’s also one of the best, but its high price tag puts a lot of consumers off. Google, which now owns Nest, could be gearing up to change that with a new model that’s more affordable.

We don’t know when it will arrive just yet, but thanks to the ever-reliable Evan Blass (@evleaks), we do know what it will look like. The image above, published on Twitter over the weekend, reveals a complete redesign that appears to be made entirely out of plastic. Other than its circular shape, it shares nothing in common with its glass and metal predecessors.

This change will allow the device to be cheaper than previous models. Recent rumors have suggested it will cost around $200 — $50 less than the Nest on sale today.

Blass didn’t provide any information alongside this image, and it could be a long wait before we find out more. Google isn’t expected to make the new Nest thermostat official until sometime next year.

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Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...