Although Google is holding a hardware event in just one week, the company has decided to announce a new Home Mini beforehand.

Google is introducing a new colour of the smart speaker ahead of its planned 9 October event in New York City, which suggests the device likely won't get a major refresh during the show. The new colour is called aqua. Google called it a “minty blue colour that fits perfectly into the Made by Google family”. It also said “the new colour emits soothing vibes.” The other colours available are chalk, charcoal, and coral.

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If you're interested in the aqua Google Home Mini model, it costs the same ($49 in the US) and starts shipping on 29 October. Now, in related news, a recent leak about Google's upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones indicated those phones would be available in new aqua-type colour. A leaked webpage from Google showed three colours: White, black, and a third option that looked like aqua or mint.

It's unclear if Amazon plans to update any of its Home speakers during the event next week, though evidence points to a new Home Hub device being announced. It's expected to be like Amazon's Echo Show. Will it be available in aqua? Only time will tell. Pocket-lint plans to attend a concurrent even in London and will bring you all the latest news as it happens. You can also tune in yourself from here.

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