Google Home Max UK price, release date and features: Launching in the UK later this year?

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The Google Home Max may finally be getting a UK release date after all, if recent internet rumblings are to be believed. Previously US-only, the Max is expected to be given a UK launch date at this year’s IFA technology conference in Berlin, which takes place on 31 August.

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A larger, more powerful version of the firm’s Google Assistant-powered speakers, the Home Max is the biggest, and most expensive, speaker from the company. Launching for $399 in the US, the Max is yet to reach UK shores, although that’s expected to change very soon. Here’s absolutely everything we know about Google Home Max, including UK release date and price.

Google Home Max: Everything you need to know

Google Home Max: UK release date and price: When will it launch and how much will it cost?

As I mentioned above, Google’s fancy new speaker is currently only available to buy in the US, although recent rumours suggest that the Max may be on the way to the UK much sooner than expected. We anticipate Google Home Max to release this side of the Atlantic before the year comes to an end.

As for how much the Home Max will cost, when (and if) it does arrive in Blighty, well, a quick currency conversion suggests Google’s smart speaker will launch for £306. Of course, this isn’t definitive, and we will update this article as and when we hear more official details.

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Google Home Max design and sound quality: What does it look like and how does it sound?

The Home Max looks remarkably unlike any other speaker the search engine giant has launched before. Hardly designed to be lugged around, the Max measures 336.6 x 190 x 154.4mm (WHD) and weighs a not-so spine-friendly 5.3Kg.

Touch-sensitive buttons can be found on either side of the speaker, which can be used to lower or raise the volume. On the front, long side, is another touch-sensitive button, which can be used to activate Google Assistant with a long press, or play/pause music with a simple tap.

As for connections, you’ll find a USB-C port, AC power connector and a 3.5mm aux-in port on the back, along with a switch to turn off the far-field microphone.

Google Home Max specifications and features: What’s inside and what does it do?

Inside the Max’s polycarbonate housing, you'll find two 4.5in woofers and two custom-made 0.7in tweeters that deliver a significantly louder and clearer output than the regular Google Home – 20 times louder, in fact, according to the company.

With an aux-in port, Bluetooth 4 and Google Cast functionalities, you can connect your existing hi-fi setup and add to your current smart speaker arrangement. A far-field microphone is embedded underneath the device, too.

Of course, like the existing suite of Google Home devices, you'll be able to use Google Assistant to help you out with all sorts of tasks, asking for the weather or any notable calendar entries for instance. But, with the Home Max, Google includes Smart Sound, a dynamic way of analysing your room and ambient sound, to adjust the volume and sound quality to match your environment.

The Home Max also comes with a 12-month subscription to YouTube Music Premium, an ad-free music streaming service which typically costs £10 a month in the UK. The speaker also works with Spotify (paid and free), Google Play Music, Pandora, iHeart and TuneIn radio.

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Google Home Max: Early verdict

The Home Max may be considerably more expensive than the rest of Google’s smart speaker lineup, but it’s actually rather competitively priced when faced against its rivals. With Google Assistant built-in, and all manner of music streaming services at your beck and call, the Home Max is a well-decked out piece of audio kit, and one to look out for if you’re serious about sound.

We will update this article when we hear any official UK details.

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