If you were starting to feel like it’d been a while since Amazon upgraded the Fire TV (the company’s answer to things like the Chromecast and Apple TV), you wouldn’t be wrong. The last big upgrade the Fire TV box got was at the end of 2015.
Amazon has just announced an all-new Fire TV amongst a series of rapid-fire product debuts happening right now in Seattle.
Here’s what we know so far:
- It supports 4K and HDR, handling resolution of up to 2160p at 60fps
- Dolby Atmos support
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- 1.5 Ghz quad-core CPU
- It’ll come with an Alexa-powered remote for voice control, but can also be controlled by Echos around your room
It’ll sell for $70 on its own when it ships later this year, or you can buy it for $80 in a bundle with an Echo Dot. That’s $20 less than the previous-generation Fire TV, $100+ less than the 4K Apple TV and the same price as Google’s Chromecast Ultra, which doesn’t come with a dedicated remote. (There’s also a Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot bundle for $60 that’s available, if you prefer that form factor). Amazon is pushing hard here.
The device isn’t shipping until October 25, but is already available for pre-order from Amazon’s website.