Thanks to a premature Walmart listing, we already knew what to expect from the Google Home Mini. But Google went ahead and announced the tiny speaker at its event on Wednesday. As was expected, the device will retail for just $49 and launch on October 19.
To be fair, Droid-Life spoiled the Google Home Mini’s debut a few weeks ahead of its announcement (along with many other Google gadgets). The new speaker is essentially a smaller version of the Google Home, notching in at just 4-inches wide. Its small size means it should fade into your home’s decor with ease.
The point of a smaller Home is pretty obvious. If you already own a Google Home, the smaller, more affordable version will allow users to place more units around their home. And it’s good for Google, too, because it means its Assistant platform is in more rooms.
The official explanation of Google Home Mini is pretty straightforward:
Get hands-free help in any room. Google Home Mini is powered by Google Assistant, so you can ask it questions and tell it to do things. Just start with Ok Google to get answers from Google, tackle your day, enjoy your entertainment, and control your smart home.
Like the Google Home, the Google Home Mini features multi-user support, which means it’s capable of discerning between voices. Similar to Amazon’s Echo, the Google Home Mini can work on its own or in conjunction with other Google Home devices.
The device looks like a squished muffin, with a rounded mesh shell that features four indicator lights. It’s an elegant design that can match whatever decor you have around your house, whether it’s modern or vintage.
Google Home Mini is available for preorder today and will launch on October 19 for $49 in chalk, charcoal, and coral.