Amazon looks like it’s getting ready to unveil its latest Fire TV, just in time for that new Apple TV announcement. The Fire TV itself is a cube with Echo style blue LED light bar around the top. The dongle is square and will be placed between the existing Fire TV stick and the new top-tier Fire TV model. It is rumored that the dongle-shaped mid-tiered Fire TV model will be powered by a quad-core processor clocking at 1.5 GHz, as well as deploy a Mali-450 MP GPU.
With the cube-shaped Fire TV, users will be able to connect to Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa without a voice remote. Apart from these capabilities, the new Fire TV model also comes with an IR emitter for controlling the television and other audio/visual equipment. The new smart device contains a microphone and speakers to function alongside Alexa.
Though Amazon has yet to respond to the rumors if the company will launch such products, it will easily upstage Apple’s 4K HDR-capable TV box. The second-generation Fire TV is showing up as discontinued on the company’s US, UK and Germany websites. The technical details regarding the top-tiered Fire TV are still under wraps.
The flagship Fire TV will feature the same buttons as an Echo Dot, including a mute button, action button, and volume controls. I was interested in what the Dot had to offer previously but with the added functionality of a streaming device as well as a hub, sign me up! The Stick now looks more like a box that plugs into the back of a TV with a built-in HDMI cable. The alleged second model is however going to be the more interesting device. It might cost between $60 and $80.