Amazon brought us a new Fire TV media streamer which has an identical design to its predecessor, only that a MicroSD card slot has been added to its back. The device costs $100 and for this price, besides the set-top box, you’ll also get a voice-recognition remote and a power supply, but to play games, you’ll need to spend $40 on the console-style game controller. Roku keeps its fans in suspense, refusing to say anything about the upcoming Roku 3 streamer, but luckily, new leaked information has surfaced on the internet, suggesting that its launch is imminent.
This media streamer connects to a TV via the HDMI cable, and it needs to be plugged into the wall using a standard A/C adapter. You will need to go though a setup wizard, so if you want to stream 4K Ultra HD content, connect a hard Ethernet line. However, a 802.11ac router should be good enough. After finishing the setup process, you’ll be welcomed by Amazon’s platform, which was built in a way to convince you to buy applications from the Amazon store. Roku’s homescreen is different, as it displays the applications as channels.
The second generation Fire TV comes with 4K Ultra HD streaming ability, but now, only Amazon and Netflix content in available in this resolution. Previously, the streamer supported voice searches and the users were able to find content from Amazon, but now, with the addition of the Alexa voice assistant, its natural language will figure out quickly what the user is looking for.
The new Fire TV has a more powerful processor (75 percent faster than the previous one), which is a Mediatek MT8173 quad core (two Cortex A72 cores and 2 Cortex A53 cores), which, in collaboration with the new GPU, it will speed up gameplay. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM and the internal memory has a capacity of 8GB, but it can be expanded up to 128GB. The physical dimensions of the set-top box are 115x115x17.5mm.
According to the latest rumors, the Roku 4 will be powered by a quad-core ARM-based processor, which will be backed by 1.5GB of RAM. It will come with a microSD card slot a USB 2.0 port and will support S/PDIF and HDMI. The remote control will have voice search capabilities and the users will be able to play games with the WiFi Direct game remote.
It’s not sure when the Roku 4 will be released, but we are expecting to support 2160p Ultra HD video streaming (4K). Moreover, the new device will support OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics and 802.11n WiFi, but other rumors suggest that the Roku 4 will come with 802.11ac WiFi support.