In addition to launching a smaller, cheaper Assistant smart speaker this morning, Google also unveiled the rumored Google Home Max. Larger than last year’s Home, it features stereo speakers and a more premium design.
The Google Home Max has a rectangular design that can either be placed vertically or horizontally thanks to a silicone magnetic base that quick comes off and attaches back.
On the audio front, there are dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers with “custom” .7-inch tweets. The speaker cover is made of an “acoustically transparent fabric,” while there is a rigid polycarbonate housing. Google notes that the Max is 20x louder than the Google Home. Users can connect speakers via Cast, Bluetooth, or aux jack.
In addition to the hardware, artificial intelligence is at the heart of Google Home Max with “Smart Sound.” It helps adapt to the environment of your house based on both location and the time of day. For instance, the audio will automatically adjust seconds after the Max has been moved to a new location and the volume will adjust depending on whether it is in the morning or night.
Priced at $399, a notable premium over the standard Home, the Max will not be shipping until December in the US. It comes in a Chalk cover with white housing or matching Charcoal color.