After the success of Alexa and Amazon Fire TV, Amazon took the next logical step: combining both technologies.
Back in 2017, AFTnews discovered a promotional image for the two unannounced, cube-shaped Fire TV models. According to the leak, Amazon planned to offer a Fire TV cube that had a built-in Echo smart speaker. Recently, a user stumbled upon a handy diagram of that Fire TV Cube in a manual for his Amazon Ethernet adapter, so Amazon was forced to put up a page and finally confirm the device’s existence.
While the Fire TV stick won’t be replaced anytime soon, AFTnews is betting that the Fire TV cube will become the new mid-tier option. However, Amazon hasn’t said anything to confirm those rumors, with the product page just asking you to have a bit of patience: “Details coming soon”.
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So yes, Alexa is spreading its wings further. Until now, you could get voice control on a Fire TV only if you had a compatible remote.
“We know from the aforementioned leaked benchmark that this new Fire TV model has a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU and Mali-450 MP GPU. It also has 2 GB of RAM and likely has the same 8 GB of internal storage that all past and present Fire TV models have had. Those specs make it slightly more powerful than the current 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, but still notably less powerful than the current 2nd-gen Fire TV,” read the AFTnews report.
According to the publication, the new Fire TV Cube will be officially presented this month and hit the shelves sometime in May. As for the price, expect to pay more than $100 for the bigger model, since it incorporates the functionality of a $50 Echo Dot.