Bloomberg reported back in March that Google’s sister company Nest is planning to release a cheaper version of its flagship product learning smart thermostat. Just recently an image showing the product’s design has been leaked.
Gadget leak specialist Evan Blass has uploaded an image on Twitter, saying it might be the new Nest thermostat targeted at the low-price market.
According to the image, the new thermostat keeps Nest’s famous circular design, but comes with a white ring and screen, instead of the original black color. Also, the original metal and glass design is replaced by a plastic one without LCD display.
As indicated in the March report, the ‘lite’ Nest thermostat might sell for under US$200. The current version has a US$249 price tag.
The plastic design could not only cut down the cost, but also appeal to a different set of customers. Nest hasn’t change its product design since first introducing its product six years ago. The change could help revive the brand.
The earlier report also indicated Nest is developing a home security alarm system – a digital doorbell.
The alarm system will ring when a person enters the space until a correct code is typed into the keypad. Also, homeowners can allow other people, such as a visitor, to enter the house via their smartphone app. The digital doorbell includes a camera and works with an app so that homeowners can see and talk with visitors before opening the door.
The report had said Nest would roll out an upgraded indoor security camera, and in June, Nest Cam IQ was introduced. It is reasonable to project that other products mentioned in the report will hit the market for real.
Bloomberg reported in March that Nest would introduce the alarm system this year, and the lower-priced thermostat and smart doorbell in 2018.