The Google Home Max connected speaker was first announced in early October, but so far the company has been silent when it comes to a specific release date for its latest hardware product. Best Buy isn’t being as quiet about the release date however. Earlier today, the Google Home Max listing showed a release date of December 11.
Best Buy removed mention of the December 11 release date on its website, though we’ve attached a screenshot above for reference.
The listing, which was first spotted by 9to5Google, may just be a placeholder. However, when the speaker was first announced, Google did say that it would officially go on sale sometime in December.
In addition, Droid Life spotted a reference to a December 11 release date on the Google Store. Google is offering Home Max customers 12 months of free YouTube Red with their purchase. Under the Terms and Conditions section of that promotion, Google says:
This YouTube Red 12-month trial promotion is only open to participants in the U.S. who purchase and activate a Google Home Max between December 11, 2017 and February 15, 2018.
No, it’s not confirming the 12/11 release date, but it sure helps back up the original Best Buy listing.
Google also said at the time it revealed the Google Home Max that pre-orders for the speaker would begin on November 13, and that date has come and gone with so such pre-orders going live. In other words, take this December 11 sales date with a pinch of salt for now.
The Google Home Max is supposed to be up to 20 times more powerful than the standard Google Home speaker in terms of audio quality. It will include dual 4.5-inch woofers and custom 0.7-inch tweeters. It will also be Google’s first speaker with its Smart Sound system, which will automatically adjust the audio based on where the speaker is placed in a room. Of course, the speaker will support casting and Bluetooth pairing functionality and owners can issue voice commands that will be handled via Google Assistant.
Unfortunately you’ll have to shell out a good amount of cash for the speaker. It has a launch price tag of $399.99.