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

New Amazon Fire TV devices coming later this year, with 4K HDR and Echo functionality

It will reportedly release two new Fire TV devices later this year, both with the ability to output 4K HDR video at up to 60 frames per second. With built-in far-field microphones and a speaker, the Fire TV box will be able to listen and respond like any other Echo Dot would - even when the TV is off.

AFTVnews believes that the mid-tier dongle Fire TV will serve as the third model in the lineup, supplementing the current Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It will aim to replace the current $100 Fire TV, which is unavailable from Amazon at the moment. It has far-field microphones, a built-in speaker, and an LED light bar that give it the same functionality as an Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free Alexa interaction and control. Now, Amazon is again gearing up to launch a new dongle. The new high-end device could arrive in time for the holidays but may be pushed back to early 2018.

While we're expecting a new, 4K HDR-capable Apple TV box to be announced tomorrow, Amazon already has plans to upstage it.

AFTVnews claims the dongle-style device will be powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz alongside Mali-450 MP graphics, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Without the luxury of a leaked benchmark, I don't know anything about its technical specifications, but I have learned that it essentially combines the functionality of a Fire TV, an Echo Dot, and an IR emitter, like the Harmony Hub, into a single device.

Owners of the older Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick could interact with Alexa - but only by pressing a button on their remote controls and only when those devices were connected to an external speaker that was turned on. The e-commerce giant is reportedly working on two new Fire TV variants, and today, they have been leaked in images.

The other model, on the left, is billed as a "mid-tier" Fire TV that would gun after Google's Chromecast Ultra.



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