There have been rumblings (and pictures) of a Google Home Mini for a few weeks now. Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot was expected to be unveiled at Google’s hardware event tomorrow — but someone over at Walmart had an itchy trigger finger and accidentally posted the product for pre-order today.
According to 9to5 Google, the Home Mini will cost $49 and available to order on October 19th. From that article:
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the device through this listing, such as its audio specifications. It does, however, tell us the weight which is under a pound and the size which is 4.53 x 4.53 x 4.72 inches. Unfortunately, one of the images does hint at the power port, and it looks a lot like microUSB.
The Google Home Mini reportedly acts just like the full-sized Google Home connected assistant, giving you news, playing music, answering questions, etc.
One thing I can’t tell from the pictures posted is whether there is a line out jack (so you can plug the Home Mini directly into a bigger speaker like the Sonos Play 5), like the Echo Dot offers. It doesn’t look like there’s one, which is a bummer.
Regardless, this is welcome news if you’re in the Google ecosystem and looking to expand the number of those connected assistants around your house. By offering a lower-priced offering, Google hopes to goose sales for voice assistant platform, much like Amazon saw with the Echo Dot.