Amazon To Launch New Fire TV With 4K HDR At 60FPS & Built-in Alexa
Juan Carlos Ropel, September 11, 2017
In the last month we have been hearing tons of news about the upcoming Apple TV with 4K UHD capabilities. The set-top box is expected to be presented tomorrow at Apple’s annual unveil, at the newly constructed Steve Jobs Theater.
Meanwhile, Amazon, thinking ahead in its habitual style, already has plans to compete with the Apple TV or even surpass it with two new Fire TV devices, a dongle similar to the previous Amazon Fire TV sticks and a set-top box designed to work with Amazon’s Echo speaker and Alexa, both of them capable of running 4K resolution at 60 fps with high dynamic range included.
As reported by AFTVnews, the first model is a dongle-type device that works by being plugged directly into the HDMI port of a given TV. In this case, the device is square shaped, and in terms of pricing and features it would be located between the original Fire TV stick and Amazon newest Fire set-top model.
The reported specs for the stick model are as follow:
- A quad-core 1.5GHz processor
- GPU Mali-450 MP
- 8GB of internal storage
- 2GB of RAM
The other model is a Fire TV box. This gadget will be the best of the line, with more features including 4K ultra HD/HDR content support and of course it will be more expensive. The new Fire TV box will include the functionality of an Echo Dot into a black cube casing, with built-in far-field microphones so you can use voice commands without the remote or extra hardware, an integrated loudspeaker and an LED light bar, the Fire TV box will be able to listen and respond like any other Echo Dot would.
Another interesting feature of Fire TV set-top is that it integrates an infrared emitter, allowing you to control various devices like TVs, audio equipment and DVD and Blu-Ray players.
It is speculated that the stick model could cost between 60 and 80 dollars and the Fire TV with Echo Dot and could cost more than $100. No launch date has been announced, but Amazon is planning to release two new Fire TV models before the end of 2017. When it does, the devices will join the ranks of Roku’s 4K UHD set-top boxes with 4K HDR support (in the case of the Amazon Fire TV Box) and Google’s Chromecast Ultra, (in the case of the Amazon 4K TV dongle).
The above specs and device release timelines haven’t yet been made official so you should treat them as speculative for now but we consider them to be highly credible given Amazon’s track record for previous 4K device releases and for being one hell of a competitive company in general.
Story by 4k.com