Google has announced higher-end version of its Home smart speaker with Assistant built-in. It's the company's big rival to Apple HomePod.

It looks a but like the Sonos Play:3, and similarly focuses heavily on stereo audio quality. It sports dual 4.5-inch woofers and is claimed to be more than 20 times more powerful than the existing Google Home.

Its quite a bit bigger than the current Google Home too. Although it can be laid horizontally or stood on one end.

We're still awaiting full specs for the Google Home Max but it certainly looks to be the highest end option from Google we've ever seen. And considering it comes soon after Amazon launched its new Echo devices and Sonos revealed the Sonos One, with Google Assistant support coming next year, it is well timed.

The Google Home Max will work in a multiroom setup with other Home products, plus other speakers with Cast support. It also has Bluetooth connectivity on board.

It is priced at $399 and will be available from December in two colours. Coming first to US, but then UK and other countries from early next year.