Streaming devices from Roku/Google in new 4K HDR fight, and more tech news today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Tuesday, 29 September 2020.

1. Buying Google’s new Chromecast before launch, and the streaming box wars

We’re all set for Google’s Launch Night In event tomorrow, where we’ll get the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, with pricing and availability being key interest points. (The leaks are probably right, but there’s still more to know.)

And, amongst other hardware to be launched, is a new Chromecast, which for some reason is already on sale (above via Reddit):

  • $50 for a streaming dongle with 4K HDR, and remote, plus Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and not needing your phone to use it…
  • Yep, that’s a decent upgrade over the Chromecast Ultra, which didn’t offer HDR, nor a remote.
  • The current Ultra does offer an ethernet port for a hardwired connection, though, which can be useful for 4K
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