Nest has announced a new version of its smart Thermostat. According to the Verge, the device has a bigger, higher-resolution display and a slimmer build. The display is now supposed to be 40 percent bigger, which means it has close to a 2.5-inch diameter, with a resolution that puts its pixel density at 229 pixels per inch, up 25 percent over the last model.
This is the Nest Thermostat’s third generation, with the last model announced almost three years ago. Nest says that the thermostat’s display is now readable from across a room, and as such it will start turning on whenever it detects that the users are around. The device can be set to show the users the house’s set temperature or a clock.
In addition, the thermostat is gaining the ability to detect overheating issues that may signal a need for furnace repair. This feature will also come to existing Nest Thermostats through a software update later this year. The new Nest Thermostat is available through Nest’s website and Amazon. It will sell for $249 and the price of the second generation model dropping to $199 until it is sold out.