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The device reportedly weighs 480g, just a slither more than the standard Google Home device.

"The Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot accounted for a combined 38% of global shipments", said David Watkins, head of Strategy Analytics' smartspeaker service.

No launch date has been leaked, but seeing how the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is expected to launch next month, it's very likely that we'll be hearing about the device then.

Google is preparing to launch an Amazon Echo Show rival this fall, with its first screen-equipped smart speaker being set to be advertised as the Google Home Hub, according to a new leak revealing the gadget in its entirety. And given that it's a Google Home device at heart, you'll have direct access to Google's growing smart home ecosystem and full access to the Google Assistant.

A few third-party companies, including JBL and Lenovo, already make Google Assistant-enabled devices with touchscreens, dubbed Smart Displays. This time however, the new Home Hub will support both touch and voice. The main screen shows us the weather and upcoming commute, with room to view more cards. The report states that there will also be a Charcoal variant, but images of that haven't surfaced yet. There is a switch at the back of the Google Home Hub but that is for turning off the microphone.

A total of 11.7 million of the devices were sold in the 2nd quarter, with Google and Amazon making 4 of the top 5 devices and accounting for more than half of global sales. It can connect wirelessly over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Sensors on board are reported to include ambient light and colour sensors. Note that the price will probably not be zero dollars.

A leaked product page also talks up tight Google Photos integration, with you being able to use your voice to display specific photos, or photos based on where they were taken.

October 9 is the day Google is holding its annual hardware event.