After the success of Alexa and Amazon Fire TV, Amazon took the next logical step: combining both technologies.
Back in 2017, AFTVnews 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 diagram of that Fire TV Cube in a manual for his Amazon Ethernet adapter, so Amazon responded by acknowledging the existence of a new Fire TV model.
While the Fire TV stick won’t be replaced anytime soon, AFTVnews is betting that the Fire TV cube will become the new mid-tier option. However, Amazon hasn’t confirmed these rumors and the product page has a simple, but ambiguous, statement: “Details coming soon”.
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“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, it is expected to cost more than $100 for the larger model since it incorporates the functionality of a $50 Echo Dot.