Evidence is beginning to gather that Amazon is set to release a successor to the highly successful Fire TV, possibly as soon as the end of September 2015.
Worldwide stock is now non-existent, with a generous promotion having just been run by the retailer which, by the looks of it, is designed to clear existing inventory. A recent FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing and some murmurings coming from the developer world have only increased speculation. The filings reveal the device, listed as an HDMI Digital Media Receiver under the product number DV83YW, has both Ethernet and USB ports, as well as a microSD card slot and also supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth version 4.1.
The filings come sometime after a leaked set of benchmarks for a device, not particularly mysteriously named the Amazon AFTS, revealed a quad core CPU running at 1.5GHz and therefore entirely capable of outputting Ultra HD 4K signals; although whether that’s anything above 30 frames per second, i.e. HDMI 2.0, remains to be seen. However we’ll keep our fingers crossed in light of the fact that Amazon has just let loose some HDR content through their video streaming service. It isn’t really all that clear if that leak pertained to a new Fire TV Box or Stick so we’ll have to wait and see on that.
Reports also suggest the new device has been given the codename ‘Sloane,’ which is the name of Ferris Bueller’s girlfriend; the original Fire TV was given the internal name, Ferris. Rumours also suggest that the new controllers will utilise Wi-Fi direct, rather than Bluetooth, which will increase range and data transfer capability.
If all the rumours prove to be true – and this is now gathering real pace – the inclusion of Ultra HD 4K output is going to be a serious thumb in the eye for Apple, whose new Apple TV 4 is only capable of 1080p. The ATV 4 boats Siri support and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Amazon counter with their very own voice assistant, Alexa.
What features would you like to see in the Amazon Fire TV 2 and do you believe all the rumours?
Source: AFTV News
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