Specs Leaked for the Roku 4: it’s coming with 4K support

by on October 2, 2015

Stephan Jukic – October 02, 2015

There’s been a lot of speculation across the web about the potential specs on the upcoming Roku 4 set—top media box and a good deal of that speculation, naturally from us included, has revolved around the possibility of 4K content support in the new device.

Well, it seems we can put a hefty chunk of those rumors to rest because the Roku 4K is indeed going to come with support for 4K video along with a bunch of other specs that ensure this ultra HD format functions smoothly.

The essentials of what new leaks about the Roku 4K reveal include support for 4K ultra HD resolution in 4K TVs, a separate gaming controller and a considerably more powerful than before quad-core ARM processor.

These are the core changes found in specifications which were recently discovered –briefly published—in the online Roku Developers Guide just before the launch of the device itself. In addition to these specs, photos of the latest version of the Roku have also started circulating on the web.

Based on the specs we’ve seen, we can be fairly sure that the new fourth-generation media streaming device from Roku will not only match but also in certain ways surpass the newest version of Apple TV, which was launched earlier in September, 2015. This means that Roku is building a very strong position for itself in a media box landscape with several other powerfully decked out rivals with their own 4K capacities. We’re talking about media players like the Nvidia Shield, the Amazon Fire TV box, the imminent 4K Joey media box from DISH Networks and of course Apple TV itself.

Interestingly, of these few main streaming media boxes, the only one which does not offer 4K UHD support is Apple TV, once again showing Apple’s strange and rather obvious bias against 4K UHD, or at least a tendency towards foot dragging when it comes time to implement 4K in their devices.

But going back to the Roku 4, it will offer the aforementioned support for 4K 2160p graphics, a user interface that shows up on a screen in 1080p Full HD and a major processor boost in the form of a 1.5GB RAM via the new ARM quad core processor, a major leap up from the dual-core 512MB processor of the Roku 3.

In other words, the new Roku will be able to handle media streamed to it at speeds of up to 40Mbps with a manufacturer recommendation that media streamed into the upcoming box come from an internet connection that offers at least 1.5 Mbps. The minimum for effective streaming of 4K content to an ultra HD TV connected to the box is between 15 and 20 Mbps.

There will also be a digital audio output on the Roku 4 and a games controller, which is a critical new Bluetooth connected addition to the media box. Nvidia’s Shield and Apple’s Fire TV both also offer robust wireless gaming controllers, as does Apple TV.

Most interesting is finding out if the new Roku device will offer HDMI 2.0 or the much weaker HDMI 1.4. The leaked specs don’t mention which HDMI version will be in the media box, only that it will have HDMI with the capacity to output 4K media. However this is a bit of tricky phrasing, since both HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 offer 4K output, only at much different frame rates, with HDMI 2.0 being the far superior spec due to its capacity for outputting 4K graphics at a highly smooth 60 frames per second instead of the 30 fps possible with version 1.4. This, incidentally, is something that Amazon’s new Fire TV with 4K support failed to include, it comes with only HDMI 1.4 connectivity.

In any case, the following are the specification details leaked from the Roku developers guide page:

The leaked specs list for the soon to be released Roku 4 streaming media box, including 4K

The leaked specs list for the soon to be released Roku 4 streaming media box, including 4K

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