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Google Nest Hub Max vs Nest Hub: The differences explained

Google announced the Nest Hub Max during its developer conference in early May, whilst also rebranding the Google Home Hub to the Google Nest Hub.

With an almost identical design apart from physical size, how do Google’s two Nest Hub’s compare? Here are the similarities and differences.

What’s the same?

  • Design
  • Interface
  • Features

The Google Nest Hub Max and the Google Nest Hub both feature the same design with a screen with white bezels that offers the appearance of floating on the speaker base. A microphone on/off button is positioned at the top on the rear, while volume controls are on the left on the rear.

The two devices feature the same interface and they offer almost all the same features including smart home control, built-in Chromecast support, Google Assistant and its range of offerings, as well as YouTube access.

What’s different between the Nest Hub Max and the Nest Hub?

Despite offering an almost identical design, interface and features, there are a couple of differences between the Google Nest Hub Max and the Google Nest Hub.

Display

  • Home Hub Max: 10-inch, 16:10, HD, touchscreen
  • Home Hub: 7-inch, LCD, touchscreen

The Google Home Hub Max has a 10-inch touchscreen display, putting it in the same category as the Amazon Echo Show.

The Google Nest Hub meanwhile, has a smaller 7-inch touchscreen LCD display.

Size

  • Home Hub Max: TBC
  • Home Hub: 178.5 x 118 x 67.3mm

As the Google Nest Hub Max has a larger display, it is unsurprisingly a larger device overall too.

Measurements for the Home Hub Max are still to be confirmed, but the Home Hub measures 178.5 x 118 x 67.3mm.

Sound

  • Home Hub Max: 2.1 speaker arrangement
  • Home Hub: Full-range speaker

The larger footprint of the Google Nest Hub Max allows for a 2.1 speaker arrangement compared to the Home Hub’s full-range speaker.

It means you’ll get bigger sound from the Home Hub Max.

Camera

  • Home Hub Max: Built-in Nest camera
  • Home Hub: No camera

The Google Nest Hub Max has a camera at the top of the display, which the Nest Hub does not. In place of a camera, the Home Hub has an ambient sensor to adjust the display brightness according to its surroundings. 

The camera on the Home Hub Max is a Nest camera, which means it will offer all the same features as the Nest Cam IQ, including intruder alerts if you have a Nest Aware account.

Without a Nest Aware account, you’ll still be able to see what’s happening in the room you place the Home Hub Max into, as well as use it for Google Duo video calls, face recognition for up to six people and gestures. 

Features

  • Home Hub Max: Google Assistant, YouTube, Chromecast, smart home control, digital photo frame, music, Duo audio and video calls, gestures, facial recognition, security camera
  • Home Hub: Google Assistant, YouTube, Chromecast, smart home control, digital photo frame, music, Duo audio calls

The Google Nest Hub Max and the Google Nest Hub offer many of the same features, including control of any compatible smart home devices, access to YouTube, displaying Google Photos, playing music and the plethora of features offered by Google Assistant.

The Home Hub Max has a couple of extra features however, thanks to the built-in camera. You’ll not only be able to take part in video calls but the Home Hub Max doubles up as a security camera too, whilst also offering facial recognition and gesture control.

Price

  • Home Hub Max: £219, available 15 July
  • Home Hub: £119, available now

The Google Nest Hub Max will cost £219 when it launches in July.

The Google Home Hub was priced at £139 when it launched originally, but its price has now been reduced to £119.

Colours

  • Home Hub Max: Chalk and Charcoal
  • Home Hub: Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand

The Google Nest Hub Max comes will be available in Chalk and Charcoal colours when it arrives on 15 July.

The Google Nest Hub is available in four colours, including Chalk and Charcoal, as well as Aqua and Sand.

Conclusion

The Google Nest Hub Max is pretty much a larger, more expensive version of the 7-inch Home Hub, but it adds a few extra features for the increase in price. 

The Home Hub Max’s built-in camera not only offers video calling through Google Duo, but it doubles up as a security camera, whilst also offering gesture control and facial recognition for up to six people. 

If the camera doesn’t sway your vote, the decision between these two devices will likely come down to where you want to put your Home Hub. For the bedroom, the smaller Home Hub is perfect for a bedside table, whereas we expect the Home Hub Max to be an excellent addition to a kitchen or living room.


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