The Google Nest Hub Max is currently available from the Google Store and from other stores. The Smart Display Made by Google is launching simultaneously in the United States, UK and Australia.
The Nest Hub Max is made by Google’s second Smart Display Assistant and the first to launch under the unified Google Nest smart home brand, rather than being rebranded. It shares the Nest Hub’s almost identical layout, but is bigger with a 10-inch screen (as opposed to a 7-inch screen).
This makes the device perfect for viewing YouTube videos and TV, although it is a touchscreen of only 1280x 800. Ambient EQ is still working to match the display with the lighting setting of the room, resulting in another excellent photo frame.
The next significant addition of the Nest Hub Max is a 6.5-megapixel camera on the top bezel, and it features a slew of characteristics. For Google Duo video calls, a 127-degree-wide FOV is perfect, while auto-framing keeps you in perspective.
Similar to Voice Match, Face Match identifies you and loads Duo’s proactive messages such as upcoming activities, reminders, commute times and video messages. Face models are encrypted and stored on the Nest Hub Max, allowing the camera to acknowledge when walking through the Smart Display. After confirmation, a pill that notes your image and name appears in the top-right corner.
This camera also enables users to look at the Nest Hub Max and lift their hand to play / pause media for Quick Gestures. Finally, it’s a Nest Cam relayed to your mobile with livestreams and motion / sound alerts. You can see a Live View and use Talk and Listen from the Google Home companion app, but other sophisticated features require the Nest app.
A light on the top bezel and UI prompt will always notice when the camera is active to guarantee privacy, while the lens is also disabled by the microphone mute button. There’s also a toggle software when you slide up to disable the camera from anywhere on the screen.
In the meantime, Nest Hub Max’s “Max” is also a nod to Google Home Max. The stereo speaker system consists of a 3-inch 30W woofer on the back and two.7-inch 10W tweeters just below the display. Google is also promoting “ultrasound sensing” for pop-up media controls and the usual hotword recognition far-field microphones.
Support for extending your Nest smart home, 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 5.0 is 802.15.4 (at 2.4 G Hz). The Nest Hub Max is available for $229 (US), £ 219 (UK), and AUS$349 (Australia) in Chalk or Charcoal. Orders start shipping from the Google Store today, while at Best Buy and B&H Photo they are also available.