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Amazon set to launch new 4K Fire TV dongle and set-top box with built-in Alexa

Amazon is planning to release two new Fire TV models before the end of 2017. As reported by AFTVnews, the new flagship Amazon Fire TV set top box will have built-in Alexa functionality and support 4K and HDR content, while Amazon is also set to release a new mid-tier dongle — essentially a cross between a scaled-down Amazon Fire TV box and Google's Chromecast — that will also support 4K and HDR.

The new Fire TV dongle features 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a 1.5GHz processor which will make it slightly less powerful than the current generation of Amazon Fire TV box, fitting in nicely between the budget Fire TV stick that isn't going anywhere and the new flagship Fire TV box.

But let's talk about the new Fire TV box, which packs the functionality of an Echo Dot (complete with the physical buttons on top and the familiar blue Alexa strip) with an upgraded Fire TV set box into a black cube casing. With built-in far-field microphones and a speaker, the Fire TV box will be able to listen and respond like any other Echo Dot would — even when the TV is off.

The new Fire TV box will support HDMI-CEC controls for powering on the TV and also includes a built-in IR blaster for older TVs that don't support the HDMI-CEC standard. This means you'll be able to control much more using just your voice and the Fire TV box, although Amazon is still including a remote with a built-in microphone as well.

Pricing and full specs for the new Fire TV box have yet to announce, but AFTVnews speculates that we'll learn more before the end of the year. Meanwhile, expect the Fire TV dongle to be formally announced by Amazon sometime later this month.

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

8 Comments
  • I want this...
  • Smart. Not big on Alexa compared to Google but this is a good move.
  • I'm in the same boat, but I can think of half a dozen people just off the top of my head who I'm 100% sure will buy this.
  • Managing the speaker is going to be a challenge-- I've got a Dot sitting in my home audio rack, but 95% of the time, it's used for home automation, rather than music. And when I do want it to run through the amp, I use a Bluetooth adapter. In other words, just because it's hooked up to an amp doesn't mean that I want it to use the amp. Most of the time, I won't. It's not clear if HDMI-CEC can be used to tell if the amp is on or off, so the box could change speakers appropriately- I can see that being a pain in the ass when you're asking it questions and don't realize it's trying to send the response to a device that's powered down. Potentially worse, you ask it for the weather, and it turns the amp on for you-- and it's still where you left it at 11 after watching a movie. Hopefully they've heard all the people wanting to send music over bluetooth/aux while having all other responses come from the internal speaker, and will be applying that to this new device.
  • I bought both generations of the Fire TV Stick, and love them, but that dongle might be my next choice.
  • im buying this as soon as it is available.
  • Still no NHL app for Fire TV :(
  • Why not more than 8Gig storage in this day. I would have thought that I would have at least 32 Gig.