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Next-gen Google Nest Hub may reportedly feature a detachable display

It would certainly be a very different smart display form factor.

Published onMarch 24, 2022

Google Nest Hub second generation smart display on bedside
  • A new rumor claims that the next version of the Google Nest Hub smart display will use a detachable tablet.
  • The tablet would reportedly connect to the Nest Hub’s speaker base.
  • There’s no word on what operating system this new form factor might use.

Google may be trying to do something different in the small but growing smart home display market. According to an unconfirmed report by 9to5Google, the third generation version of the Google Nest Hub may use a detachable tablet that would connect to the smart speaker base.

The report doesn’t have many more details about this new form factor, such as the size of the tablet or the price. The report does have a very general “2022” release timeframe for the new device. The second-generation Google Nest Hub launched in late 2021 for $99.99, so it’s possible the next gen model could arrive in the latter part of this year. There’s also no word on what operating system the tablet part might use. Google could make it a standard Android tablet, or it might decide to use Chrome OS.

Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD with smart dock
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This wouldn’t be the first tablet to feature a dockable smart speaker system though. This includes the second generation Lenovo Smart Tab M10 that launched in 2021 with a 10-inch display and a dock for $259.99. It included a Nest Hub-like user interface which made it perfect for kitchen or bedroom use.

Depending on the price and the size of the tablet, a future Nest Hub with this form factor may make it a good choice for families. Parents can use the full hub for controlling smart home devices, and kids could detach the tablet to play games or watch videos.

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