Amazon has confirmed the existence of a new Fire TV device it calls the Fire TV Cube.
Here's everything we know so far about the new device, which is a set-top box that also features Amazon Echo functionality built-in
A splash page on Amazon.com simply says "What is Fire TV Cube?" with a box to sign up for more information. It also states that details are "coming soon".
What will the Amazon Fire TV Cube be like?
Ahead of the launch of the new, dongle-like 4K Fire TV, AFTVNews published a leaked image of that device plus a small, cubed set-top-box that combines box the full Fire TV experience and an Amazon Echo.
It has a light-up strip along the front, like the light ring around the top of an Echo or Echo Dot. And, like the Polk Alexa-enabled Command Bar (which is a soundbar that also has a light ring), the buttons on the top also copy those found on an Echo.
The device will almost certainly support 4K HDR and have a built-in speaker, although it is thought to be more Dot than a full-blown Echo speaker. This will essentially enable you to use the Alexa voice assistant without having to switch on your TV.
Since the first leak, Engadget published what is believed to be a page from a manual for an Amazon ethernet adapter. This clearly shows the Fire TV Cube, with the name clearly visible.
It shows a power port, Micro USB port (where the adapter plugs in), a HDMI output and what looks to be either an audio line-in or out. There Fire TV Cube doesn't appear to have a built-in speaker of any note, so it probably is more like an Echo Dot in terms of its Echo features. You'd connect it up to a soundbar to make it smart, effectively.
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