Amazon is working on two new Fire TV models, the first will be a mid-tier dongle and the second will be a new flagship device. The dongle will have the shape of the Google Chromecast and the other device will have built-in Alexa functionality. Both devices will support 4K HDR video at 60 fps and they will contain an HDMI port and a micro USB port for power.
Amazon Is planning to launch the dongle in October and it will cost at $60 to $80. The new dongle will be less powerful than the current Fire TV and it will have 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz processor and 8GB of internal storage.
The new interesting device will be the flagship Fire TV with Alexa functionality. Though some current devices with Alexa can be controlled by Echo devices, the new Fire TV will come with far-field microphones so without the remote or extra hardware user can use voice commands. Just like other Echo devices, the new device will also contain an integrated speaker and a responsive LED light bar.
You can turn your TV on and off, change the channels and volume, and search for particular content with voice commands.
The box will carry the buttons such as an action button, a mute button, and volume controls- just like the Echo Dot. The box can control older TVs which don’t support the HDMI-CEC standard as it also has built-in IR blaster. The Fire TV will cost at around $100 as it will have the functionality of an Echo Dot.
It seems like Amazon is moving forward towards the smart devices. It is giving a broad coverage of home network to Alexa fans by merging these two devices into one.