How to identify your Chromecast device model
To determine your Chromecast device model please refer to the following:
The 1st generation Chromecast (launched in 2013) has a ‘flash-drive’ appearance. It offers 2 GB of storage space and 512 MB of RAM. It can cast videos up to 1080p and is controlled via a smartphone app.
The 2nd generation Chromecast (launched in 2015) has a dongle appearance and is available in three different colors: black, yellow, and red. It has wireless 802.11 ac support. System RAM is at 512 MB. Internal storage is 256 MB of total storage.
The Chromecast Ultra (launched in 2016) can cast video in 4K Ultra-High Definition with High Dynamic Range (HDR). It has a red-accented HDMI port and bulkier frame. The system memory is 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. The Chromecast Ultra’s power adapter includes a built-in Ethernet port.
The 3rd generation Chromecast (launched in 2018) is a plug-in HDMI dongle with a micro-USB port for power. It’s available in two colors, ‘Chalk’ and ‘Charcoal. It supports 1080p video at 60 fps and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1.
Chromecast with Google TV (launched in 2020) is an oval-shaped device and can play 4K content at 60 fps. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ video, Dolby Digital+ and Dolby Atmos audio. It opts for an AmLogic CPU pairing it with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage space. It comes in three colors: Snow Sunrise, and Sky. This model comes with remote control and requires a USB-C port for power.