Google has released its Chromecast 2 and we’re pretty sure that many streaming devices fans have purchased it already. Today we’re going to talk about the first Chromecast and the second generation and explain you know what the differences between them are.
The first generation Chromecast features an Armada 1500 Mini 88DE3005 SoC chipset, supporting an ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. The device is able to play videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p, it measures 72x35x12mm and weights 34 grams.
On the other hand, the Chromecast 2 comes with a Marvell Armada 1500 Mini Plus 88DE3006 SoC chipset that houses a dual-core ARM Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM and has an internal storage of only 256MB. The device is also able to play videos at 1080p, it measures 51.9×51.9×13.49 mm and weights 39.1 grams.
When it comes to designs, you will see that the Chromecast and Chromecast 2 are quite different. The first Chromecast version was a black colored stick dongle, while the new Chromecast is now a slim round disc that comes in three colors: coral, lemonade and black. At the same time, the new Chromecast 2 features a long and flexible HDMI cable that’s attached to the disc.
Chromecast 2 comes with three bespoke antennas that are arranges in a circular way, optimized for streaming. These antennas are supporting Wi-Fi streaming standard of 802.11ac which works on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies. We remind you that the old Chromecast was accepting only 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n connection.
According to Google, the changes that they’ve made to the Chromecast 2 have improved the performance of the device with 2-4 times. With other words, the video streaming will work fluently and there will be less buffering.
The applications that come in Chromecast and Chromecast 2 are different. The first version of Chromecast came with its original applications, but you had also to manually install third party applications used to cast content to the device.
The new Chromecast 2 still has a casting button that will appear in third party applications, but the device also comes with a feature called “Fast Play” which will predict what you want to watch next after the show you are watching will end. For example, if you are watching a TV series, it will automatically load a portion of the next episode, which means that you will be able to stream it right away after the current episode that you are watching ends.