A Best Buy customer accidently bought the unannounced third-gen Chromecast
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Well, that’s one way to leak a product.
Unwitting employees at Best Buy apparently sold the unannounced third-generation Chromecast to a lucky customer by complete accident. Redditor GroveStreetHomie posted yesterday that he went to his local Best Buy to pick up a new Chromecast and noticed that the packaging and design of the device he received was a bit different. When he tried to check out, the SKU would not ring up. In order to resolve the issue, the cashier simply rung up the device using the SKU from the second-generation Chromecast.
The Chromecast GroveStreetHomie received is indeed the upcoming third-gen Chromecast, which is expected to be announced at Google’s October 9th hardware event. The FCC ID on the back of the Chromecast matches the one that passed through FCC certification last month.
The design language of the new Chromecast has been tweaked a bit. Instead of a glossy black disc with an HDMI cable coming out one side, the Chromecast 3 features a matte black finish with a subtle “G” instead of the Chrome logo, a lá Google’s PIxel line of devices. GroveStreetHomie unfortunately can’t confirm any of the new features (such as Bluetooth connectivity) due to a required Google Home update that is not yet available. That update will likely be available after the device is officially announced on October 9th.