Amazon Planning to Release Two New Fire TVs this Year

September 15, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Amazon is holding plans to upgrade its current range of Fire TVs with new and improved ones. According to the latest reports, Amazon will be introducing not just one, but two Fire TVs later this year.

One is the mid-tier model that will be a refined version of the currently available Fire TV Stick. That said, it will be a notch down the premium Fire TV dongle, but will still have better specifications than the Fire TV Stick, which will now be available as the budget option.

With an ability to handle 4K HDR videos at 60fps, the mid-tier version will be taking on the likes of Google Chromecast. The price-tag is not expected to go beyond $80. And for that price, you will be handed with a Chromecast-looking HDMI dongle that packs 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and a processor with clock-speed of 1.5GHz.

The other model that will be introduced will be a flagship Fire TV device with support for Alexa present onboard. The device will feature far-field microphones to let users communicate with the Fire TV using voice commands sans the help of additional devices including remote.

An integrated speaker will also be present on the flagship device to let the device perform even when the TV is turned off. Additionally, the cube-shaped device will also feature a responsive LED light bar similar to the likes of Echo devices. The pricing is not clear as of now, but being a top-end model, it would certainly go above $100.

Amazon will be initially launching the mid-tier model by around last week of this month, and is planning to launch the flagship model at a later stage, which is not revealed as of yet. Amazon has already started the spadework, with the current Fire TV shown as unavailable in the landing page of its site.

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