Google has quietly launched its latest product in India, the Google Nest Mini. The device, which was launched in October alongside the Pixel 4 series, comes to India a little over a month later and is available now on Flipkart for Rs. 4,499. The smart speaker is meant to be a successor to the now two-year-old Google Home Mini and promises better sound quality along with the familiar Google Assistant-powered experience.
With the Nest Mini, Google is mainly focusing on the audio prowess of the smart speaker. It claims the device has two times stronger bass than the original Google Home Mini. The company says that it has included a custom driver to improve the bass. There is also a proprietary tuning software to enhance the sound output. There is also a new intercom feature allowing users to take calls from their phone or another smart speaker or display.
“Nest Mini provides bass that’s twice as strong as the original Google Home Mini (measured from 60-100 Hz at maximum volume). Google’s expert audio engineers developed proprietary audio tuning software, allowing users to get the most out of the hardware,” the company said in a statement.
The Google Nest Mini features a few design and specification changes over the Google Home Mini, including a hook for easy wall-mounting, and a new power connector port and cable. The rest of the design is similar, with the familiar microphone slider switch and lights under the fabric top cover remaining on the newer device. As we mentioned, it was launched globally back in August.
Google also claims that the Nest Mini sounds better and performs faster, thanks to a dedicated machine learning chip in the device. It’s available in India in two colors – Chalk and Charcoal – and supports leading music streaming services in India, including YouTube Music, Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, and Wynk Music.
The Google Nest Mini goes up against the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), which uses the Alexa voice assistant and Amazon’s ecosystem of smart connectivity.
Whether you buy the Nest Mini or Echo Dot depends on your preference. There are people who might want to go with the Alexa-enabled Echo Dot with LED Clock. At Rs 5499, the Echo Dot is a better smart speaker but it’s also expensive. Still, the new Echo Dot has improved the overall sound experience and that is where the Nest Mini loses points. The Nest Mini strictly caters to Google Assistant fans and we would only recommend the Mini to those who are into the Google ecosystem. For the rest, the Echo Dot with Clock is a better option even if it costs slightly more than the Nest Mini.