Amazon has launched a bevy of Echo products and in addition to them, an upgrade to the humble Fire TV. The latest generation Amazon Fire TV will come with 4K HDR support and the form factor is that of a dongle with an HDMI port on one end and a square-shaped plastic box on the other. It will start selling from 25 October.
The new Amazon Fire TV supports 4K HDR at 60 fps along with Dolby Atmos sound. On the inside, you have an Amlogic 1.5 GHz quad-core processor along with Mali450 MP3 GPU and it houses an 802.11 ac Wi-Fi chipset. The bundled remote control is compliant with Alexa Voice support and lets you search using voice commands. It comes with 2 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. The box measures 65 x 65 x 15 mm and weighs around 87 grams.
Since it is in the dongle form factor, you just plug in the Fire TV to the HDMI port of your TV and it's left hanging, out of view.
The Fire TV with 4K HDR support comes quite close to the launch of the Apple TV 4K, which is priced almost $100 above the Fire TV with 4K HDR at $179.
According to the product page you get access to, "over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more. Subscription fees may apply." Of course, this is for the US audience, as the product is yet to be announced for India.
Alexa voice commands come built-in with the remote control. Some of the commands include, "Alexa, next episode". "Alexa, find comedies", "Alexa, go home" and so on.
You can also use the Alexa on the Fire TV to view camera feeds, control smart lights in your home and other compatible smart home devices.
Video format support includes: HDR-10. H.265, H.264, Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC).