Amazon's next Fire TV may double as an Echo speaker

11 September, 2017, 22:18 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Amazon Fire TV 2017 leak

AFTVNewsclaims to have leaked info for two upcoming Fire TV devices, one of which (on the right) is reportedly a cross between a Fire TV and an Echo Dot.

Amazon is also reportedly gearing up to launch a cube-shaped Fire TV box that has a built-in speaker and microphones that will allow it to double as an Amazon Echo. The second-generation Amazon Fire TV model launched back in 2015, ushering in support for 4K Ultra HD streaming, followed by an upgrade to the Amazon Fire TV Stick in October past year.

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Amazon's new Fire TV will be able to act like an Echo smart speaker. But you can be assured that Amazon will be looking to cement its place as top of the streaming box pile in the face of Apple's new competition.

Both of the new boxes will also support ultra-high definition 4K video, the next step up after high-definition, according to the report. The new high-end device could arrive in time for the holidays but may be pushed back to early 2018. The former will cost somewhere between $60 and $80, while the latter will be priced at more than $100. It will not replace the existing Fire TV Stick, which will remain as the budget-friendly model for those who don't need support for 4K or HDR video.

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The article suggests that the dongle will feature 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, and will be powered by an unnamed 1.5GHz processor.

The new Fire TV devices' support for 4K and HDR and their Alexa capabilities could help them better compete with the new Apple TV. It is likely that this new top-tier Fire TV model will have additional ports and functionality not found on the new mid-tier model, like Ethernet and expandable storage, but details are unknown. Those specs make it slightly more powerful than the current 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, but still notably less powerful than the current 2nd-gen Fire TV.

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