Some companies like to spend months building hype for even the smallest updates to their hardware. Then there’s Amazon. As the tech community continues to investigate the new Apple TV 4K, Amazon officially announced its newest Amazon Fire TV device at a private press event in Seattle today. The new Fire TV model will support 4K resolution at at 60fps and high dynamic range (HDR) via HDR10, and comes at a very affordable $70 price point.
The new model will be a square, Chromecast-like dongle that connects to a TV with a fixed HDMI cable. In terms of market, the dongle will be aimed at those who want an Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range-capable upgrade from the affordable Fire TV Stick. In addition to excellent picture, the new device will support Dolby Atmos, making theater-quality sound more accessible than ever.
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The new model packs a serious punch in the hardware department considering its small size, featuring a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and a Mali-450 GPU, and offer 2GB of
Just like we’ve seen on previous Amazon Fire TV products, the new device will be able to power on any TV that supports the current HDMI-CEC standard. More exciting, though, is that the newest Fire TV model will feature more Alexa integrations than ever, allowing users to request individual TV channels like the Food Network, and playback content from
The new Fire TV device is currently available for pre-order on Amazon’s website, and will ship later this year, according to the company. Though $70 will get you a standalone model, Amazon will also offer a bundle which includes the new Fire TV and an Echo Dot (to enable far-field voice commands with no button pressing necessary) for $80.
It’s worth noting that the new Fire TV device came among a number of other interesting new product announcements at the press event, including
One thing we didn’t hear announced from the tech company was a rumoreddevice that could replace the second-generation Fire TV box — a device that has been unavailable for sale on for some time.
Update: Clarified that the Fire TV currently supports
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