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google chromecast ultra official

After months of anticipation Google has at last unveiled Chromecast Ultra, its first 4K-capable streaming device.

The leaked photos were spot-on – it looks just like the standard Chromecast, but with a new colour scheme and a G logo emblazoned on it instead of the word Google.

At launch, it streams 4K content from YouTube, Netflix and Vudu, with companies from Google Play Movies being supported from next month.

It also supports HDR content, both in the HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range – it's a way of allowing a greater difference between light and dark parts of the picture, making it look more lifelike and giving it more depth. It's tipped to be the next big thing in telly.

The Chromecast Ultra is also super-quick, loading 1.8 times faster than the standard Chromecast. And if your Wi-Fi isn't fast enough to handle 4K streams? No problem. Google has included an Ethernet port so you can hook it up to the internet using wires.

As rumoured, it costs twice that of the standard Chromecast.

We're still waiting on a UK price, but in the US it costs $69, while the standard Chromecast costs $35. In the UK, the standard model is £30, so we would expect a price of around £60. We'll confirm it when we can.

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