Amazon is reportedly gearing up to unveil a new high-end Fire TV that looks like an Echo Dot on steroids. Details uncovered by AFTVNews suggests the new device will support 4K content and come equipped with far-field microphones for voice commands.
The device, which looks like a stack of post-it notes with Echo Dot buttons on top, will feature Alexa and be capable of controlling a user’s TV, even when it’s off. So, you could tell the new Fire TV to turn your TV on and play certain content without having to touch the device’s remote.
If you prefer more tactile interaction, the device will feature a remote that has a similar design and button layout to existing Fire TV remotes. AFTVNews says the high-end Fire TV will come with a built-in IR blaster, so there shouldn’t be an issue controlling older TVs.
In addition to the Echo Dot and Fire TV combo, Amazon is also reportedly gearing up to unveil another Fire TV device that looks like a Google Chromecast, only square.
AFTVNews claims the dongle will feature 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 4K streaming support, and a 1.5GHz processor, with pricing to fall somewhere between $60 and $80. No word on how much the more powerful new Fire TV will cost, though AFTVNews’ report suggests it’ll be upwards of $100.
Amazon’s ecosystem of Echo and Echo Dot devices have been runaway hits, while the company’s slate of streaming devices have garnered a healthy audiences. Combining the two seems like a logical evolution for both because it brings the best of both worlds together.
Amazon will reportedly unveil its new Chromecast-like dongle later this month, with the high-end Fire TV box likely to come before the holidays.