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Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google's bigger smart display

A 10-inch touchscreen, a Nest Cam, big speakers and more are just some of the highlights of Google's newest smart display.

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Smart display to the Max

The Google Nest Hub Max combines a Nest Cam and bigger speakers with a touchscreen and an always listening mic. It's the first product from the new Google Nest brand that combines the Nest team with the Google smart home team.

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Sound quality

With two front-facing tweeters and a subwoofer, the Max should have powerful sound quality. 

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Screen size

The Hub Max is a bigger version of Google's first smart display. That display used to be called the Google Home Hub, but it's been rebranded as the Google Nest Hub. Looking at them separately, the two look very similar. Together, the 10-inch HD screen of the Max dwarfs the 7-inch original Hub.

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Mute switch

The switch on the back of the Hub Max mutes the microphone and functions as a hard switch for the camera -- cutting the power to the cam to essentially act as a shutter. 

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Volume toggle

The volume toggle is the only other physical button on the Max -- mirroring the buttons on the original Hub. 

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Nest Cam

The embedded cam has most of the features of a Nest Cam, except for night vision. It can sense motion, and if you sign up for the premium Nest Aware service, you can get notifications based on who it recognizes.

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Personal notifications

The cam will recognize your face, even when it's not in security mode, with a new feature called Face Match. (You can opt out if you're not comfortable.) Otherwise, the Hub Max will show personalized notifications and info on its home screen when it sees you walk into the room. 

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Reminders

You can see your calendar and reminders on the home screen with Face Match. 

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Video calls

Just like the Facebook Portal, the camera will follow you if you move around while on a video call. It keeps everyone in frame, or it can pan, tilt and zoom to focus on one person. 

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Gesture controls

The camera can also recognize gestures. If music is playing, look at the Hub Max and hold up your hand to get it to stop. You can do the same gesture to start playing again. 

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Smart home

Just like the original Nest Hub, you can swipe down on the Hub Max to access a well organized smart home control panel. 

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The Google Nest Hub Max

Google will offer two smart displays. The Google Nest Hub has been reduced from $150 to $130 and is available now.

The Hub Max will hit store shelves this summer for $230. 

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