This could be our first look at the new Chromecast Ultra, Google's new 4K-capable streaming dongle, expected to land on 4 October when we're also likely to see the company's new smartphones alongside a line-up of other Google-made hardware.

The leaked pictures come from Venturebeat, which claims that the Chromecast Ultra will retail for around $70 (£54, €62) and will be sold alongside Google's standard £30 Chromecast. Much like its predecessor, the Chromecast Ultra will be capable of turning regular TVs into internet-enabled smart sets by plugging them into an HDMI port and using built-in WiFi to deliver content via apps.

Whereas the regular Chromecast can only manage 1080p output, Chromecast Ultra will offer roughly four times the pixel count with resolution of 3840 x 2160. Provided, of course, you have a 4K television. This comes as 4K content is seeing a significant rise with movies to television shows being recorded in the picture format.

G-unit

Chromecast Ultra no longer carries the Chromecast logo and has instead been replaced with Google's 'G' logo, much as we've seen adorning the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in recent leaks. The dongle is tipped to run firmware version 1.21 out of the box, which recently began rolling out to members of Google's Chromecast Review program for testing and is also reported to have eradicated all signs of the Chromecast logo.

IBTimes UK will be reporting live from Google's Pixel unveiling on 4 October, where we also hope to catch sight of Google Home and a Daydream VR headset or two.