Friday , March 9 2018

Google’s Chromecast Ultra also coming to JB HiFi, priced at $99


According to our sources within JB HiFi, the Chromecast Ultra from Google is also coming to the big yellow store. This confirmation comes after the Chromecast Ultra was spotted in Officeworks’ internal systems last week, and tells us that an Australian release can’t be far away.

Noted in JB’s internal system with SKU 314401, and priced at $99, we’re all but confirmed that the Chromecast Ultra will be in Australia very soon, with confirmation that JB has significant pre-orders for stock to arrive at stores “soon”.

We don’t know a lot more than this, and there probably isn’t a lot more to say. We have heard that some Officeworks stores have started selling stock early, but this is very much an ad-hoc arrangement, and we doubt that it will be happening broadly across their retail network.

With two stores confirmed, and pricing and even SKUs showing up, it can’t be long until Google’s new 4K streaming Chromecast arrives here. Are you excited to get your hands on one?


Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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2 Comments on "Google’s Chromecast Ultra also coming to JB HiFi, priced at $99"

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Valued Guest

Went to Officeworks in South Yarra on the weekend and the guy there said he has a box of them in their storeroom but they’re marked ‘Do not sell until 24th November’.
Betting on a Thursday release date across the board.
Interested to see if they can cope with high-bitrate 1080p x264 as well as HEVC/x265 (natively, not with Plex transcoding)
Current Chromecast 2 chokes on these types of files.

Reuben Farrelly
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Reuben Farrelly

Same here. Went to Officeworks Hunter St after seeing on their website that they had stock there, but the guy refused to sell me one because “Google had told them not to sell until tomorrow”. Pretty bad form to advertise that you have stock available now but then refuse to sell it when people turn up to buy.

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