New 3rd Generation Fire TV announced by Amazon with 4K and HDR

Amazon just announced new mid-range Fire TV dongle. It is capable of playing 4K video at 60 frames per second which makes it the most capable device Amazon has on the market. 2nd-generation Fire TV maxed out at 30 fps when playing 4K video. It also supports HDR content which is limited to HDR10 and does not include Dolby Vision HDR.

Here are the specs for the new 3rd-generation Fire TV model:

  • 1.5 GHz Amlogic S905Z quad-core CPU
  • Mali-450 MP3 GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi – optional Ethernet adapter which is also compatible with 2nd gen Fire TV Stick
  • Bluetooth 4.1 BLE

Form factor is very similar to Google Chromecast Ultra and due to that ports are limited to an attached HDMI cable and a micro USB port used for power. Amazon also announced an official Ethernet adapter that plugs into the micro USB port so now you don’t have to be dependent on the wireless connectivity only. New Ethernet adapter also supports 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick.

Similar to other recent Fire TV models like 2nd Generation Fire Stick and 2nd Generation Fire TV it supports H.265 HEVC hardware decoding with a Main 10 profile level 5 and both 8-bit and 10-it color spaces, as well as the usual rangeof  H.264, H.263, VP8, and VP9 codecs. On the audio fron it is the first Fire TV to support Dolby Atmos for 7.1 surround sound audio.

Software will be the first Fire TV to have Fire OS 6 which is based on Android 7.1. Some of the features to look forward to include Android TV’s Picture in Picture, Content Recording, and Time-shifting capabilities. What would be great if ability to add OTA antenna was added and full guide. Obviously they cannot use Android TV Live Channels but Amazon’s own implementation would be more than welcome.

Release date for the new Fire TV is set for October 25th and pre-orders are currently open for $69.99. You can also bundle the new Fire TV with an Echo Dot for $79.99 ($30 savings)

 

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