The new 2019 Homey costs a little bit more than the old one. But if I read this page the only difference is that I don’t get NFC and microphone.
Is this truly the only difference? if so I assume it makes more sense to buy the 2018 model if I can find it and update to v2 software. Or are there other differences in components/support which is not listed? I’ve been unable to find any comparison between the two online.
Hardware-wise, apart from missing peripherals, the 2018 and 2019 models are exactly the same. I suspect that about 90% of all Homey users are using the “old” hardware, and given the lack of real differences between the two models, those users won’t be upgrading, so Athom can’t drop support for it.
As @robertklep said, the hardware is almost identical.
They both use a 1GHz-Cortex A9 CPU (ARM based) on a Solidrun SOM. It’s likely that some of the antenna modules differ a bit, but that’s just hardware drivers so even if those differ, that should make much of a difference.
Both Homey (Early 2019) and Homey Pro have received a hardware update. Compared to previous revisions, we have decided to remove NFC and the Microphones because both features were rarely used and the latter never met our highest quality standards.