Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google. It is one of the fewest hardware developed by the tech giants. Google Chromecast allows the users to cast their mobile phones or personal computers to a Television or an audio system by using the Google cast technology. Many applications are made compatible with the Chromecast technology so that the contents of those applications can also be cast on the Television. The device is also getting updates on a regular basis to keep it stay up to date. Also, Google is launching the upgraded version of the device on frequent intervals as well. Let us discuss on the Types of Chromecast along with their specification, price, and comparison in this post.

Types of Chromecast

Ever since the launch of Chromecast, there has been an upgraded version launched on certain intervals of time. Here are the types of Chromecast available:

  1. Chromecast – 1st generation
  2. Chromecast – 2nd generation
  3. Chromecast Audio
  4. Chromecast Ultra
  5. Chromecast – 3rd generation

Related: List of Compatible Chromecast apps

Chromecast – 1st generation

Release Date: July 24, 2013

Launch Price: 35$

The initial Chromecast comes like a bigger size pen drive with the HDMI plug built into the body. The device came with storage of up to 2 GB and a RAM of 512 MB. The 1st generation Chromecast was able to cast videos at a quality of 1080p. This generation device supported only 802.11 b/n/g WiFi technologies and hence, was able to connect only 2.5 GHz frequency band. The sales were discontinued after the launch of the 2nd Generation Chromecast on September 29, 2015.

Types of Chromecast
First Generation

Chromecast – 2nd generation

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Launch Price: 35$

After the success of 1st Generation Chromecast, the upgraded version was launched on 29th September 2015. The device came with the same RAM of 1st gen (512 MB) but with a lesser storage capacity of 256 MB. The second generation of Chromecast was able to display 1080p videos at 30fps and 720p videos at 60fps. This device supported both the 2.5 GHz band and 5 GHz band. After gaining popularity and hitting the market, the device was discontinued on October 10, 2018.

Chromecast 2nd Gen
Second Generation

Chromecast Audio

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Launch Price: 35$

Chromecast Audio was launched together with the 2nd generation of Chromecast. It is also one of the types of Chromecast which deals with Audio. It comes with flash storage of 256 MB and a RAM of 256 MB. The device comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack allowing it to be connected with the audio and speaker system. This is one of the successful devices of the Chromecast family. The device was discontinued on 11th Jan 2019 after the launch of the 3rd Generation Chromecast.

Chromecast Audio
Audio

Chromecast Ultra

Release Date: November 6, 2016

Launch Price: 69$

Chromecast Ultra was an upgrade made to the 2nd generation of Chromecast. It was able to cast 4K Ultra HD videos and also allows us to cast HDR videos as well. Unlike other previous generations, Chromecast Ultra requires a separate power adapter to connect it with the wall outlet. This version is 1.8 times faster than the previous versions of Chromecast. The power supply also offers an Ethernet port for wired connections.

Ultra
Ultra

Chromecast – 3rd generation

Release Date: October 10, 2018

Launch Price: US$35

This is the latest version of all the types of Chromecast. It supports 1080p videos @ 60FPS but doesn’t support 4K resolution videos. This generation of Chromecast supports many apps.

Third Generation
Third Generation

Related: How to Chromecast iPhone? 

Types of Chromecast – Comparison

VersionsLaunch DateRAMStorageResolution
1st GenJuly 24, 2013512 MB2 GB1080p
2nd GenSep 29, 2015512 MB256 MB1080p @ 30fps
AudioSep 29, 2015512 MB256 MBN/A
UltraNov 6, 20164K Ultra
3rd GenOct 10, 20181080p @ 60fps

Conclusion

These are the types of Chromecast that were sold and are available in the market to date. Apart from the devices, there are Smart TVs that are built with inbuilt Chromecast making it easier for the customers to buy. If you want to see 4K Ultra HD videos, then go ahead buying Chromecast Ultra. Else you could buy the latest version of Chromecast and watch movies at 1080p @ 60 fps.

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