Google Chromecast vs Chromecast Ultra: Differences You Should Know About

By Amit Chowdhry ● December 18, 2019

Google Chromecast Ultra
Looking for a comparison of the Google Chromecast vs. Chromecast Ultra. You have come to the right place.

Google sells two types of the Chromecast. One is the flagship version and the other is branded Ultra. Both look pretty similar, but they have several major differences. Here is an overview of the differences.

The flagship Chromecast streams at 1080p compared to Ultra High Definition (UHD or 4K) for the Chromecast Ultra. And the Chromecast can output streaming video at 3840 x 2160 compared to 1920 x 1080 for the Chromecast Ultra.

The Chromecast Ultra also supports high dynamic range (HDR) video. This means that each pixel covers a more granular range of color. Note: Your TV has to be compatible with HDR to realize the benefits of this feature.

And the Chromecast Ultra also has an Ethernet adapter so you can plug in the audio/video streaming device directly into your modem or router. This should ensure a faster network connection, which may be essential for 4K.

But the biggest difference is the price. The Google Chromecast Ultra costs $69 compared to the $35 price of the flagship Chromecast.

Here is an overview of the Google Chromecast vs Chromecast Ultra specifications:

Price:

Google Chromecast: $35

Google Chromecast Ultra: $59

Ethernet:

Google Chromecast: No

Google Chromecast Ultra: Yes

Wi-Fi Compatibility:

Google Chromecast: Yes

Google Chromecast Ultra: Yes

4K Support:

Google Chromecast: No

Google Chromecast Ultra: Yes

HDR:

Google Chromecast: No

Google Chromecast Ultra: Dolby Vision, HDR10