Google Nest Hub Max release date, price, features and news

Google Nest Hub Max

If the Google Nest Hub (formerly called the Google Home Hub) was a bit too small for your liking, Google has something new that will be right up your alley – it's the new Nest Hub Max with a 10-inch HD screen and Google Assistant.

Not only does it have a larger, higher-resolution screen, but it comes with a built-in Nest Cam that can be checked when you're away from the house. Using Face Match, the Nest Hub Max can alert you when it sees someone who isn't in your family and can provide personal calendars and playlists.

Also new on this Hub is a Quick Gestures feature that allows you to control playback on the speaker using hand gestures. According to Google, you'll be able to pause music by raising your hand - if, say, it's too loud in your house for Google Assistant to hear you - and then resume with the same gesture when you're ready.

Like the original Home Hub that we reviewed last year, the new Nest Hub Max will have access to Google Photos and come with Chromecast Built-in - two features that set it apart from Amazon's similarly spec'd Amazon Echo Show

Google unveiled the Hub Max at today's Google IO keynote outside its headquarters in Mountain View, California, alongside the new Pixel 3a

Nest Hub Max release date and price

For the first time, Google Nest Hub and the new Nest Hub Max will be available in  the US, Australia and the UK. So how much will it set you back? The Nest Hub Max will be available for $229 / £219 / AU$349, while the original Google Home Hub (now called Nest Hub) will drop down to $129 / £119 / AU$199. 

As for the release date, Google announced on-stage that the Nest Hub Max will be available starting this summer (sometime between June and August) on the Google Store and retailers.

Google Nest Hub Max specs

  • 10-inch, 1280 x 800 display
  • Front-facing Nest camera with 127-degree field of view
  • 2-channel speaker setup (2 tweeters and a woofer)
  • 2 far-field microphone arrays
  • Switch to disable camera and microphone

Nest Hub Max news

We first caught wind of the Nest Hub Max when it was accidentally leaked on the Google Store back in March. It was then we learned that it would have a 10-inch HD screen and the integration of the Nest Cam. Now, at Google IO 2019, Google has confirmed that the device exists and have given us details on the device.