Gadget Watch: Amazon Fire TV set-top box
Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast… And now Amazon enters the video streaming market with its Android-based Fire TV.
The HDMI-connecting set-top box is Amazon’s first attempt at TV hardware, supporting 720p and 1080p output.
Running on a quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300 (1.7 Ghz), with a Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU, there’s 2GB of LPDDR2 memory and 8GB of internal storage, and it supports HID, HFP 1.6, SPP Bluetooth profiles.
Its operating system is Fire OS “Mojito”, based on Amazon’s own fork of the open source Android system.
As well as streaming video, it will also stream music (through the likes of Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn), present sideshows of your own photos (if they’re uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive), and support gaming (via a new Amazon Fire Game Controller, sold separately).
The remote also contains a microphone that can be used for quick voice search.
A children’s offering – Amazon FreeTime – is also promised next month.
It’s US only at the moment where it will cost $99.
|Weight||9.9 oz (281 grams)|
|SOC Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064|
|Processor||Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 Ghz|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 320|
|Storage||8 GB internal|
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR2 @ 533 MHZ|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks that use the 802.11a/b/g/n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP 1.6, SPP|
|Cloud Storage||Free cloud storage for all Amazon content|
|Ports||5.5 mm DC Jack
Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP
Optical Audio (TOSLINK)
USB 2.0 Type A
|Audio||Support for Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1|
|Content Formats Supported||Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1
Audio: AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3
Photo: JPG, PNG
|Output Resolution Supported||720p and 1080p up to 60fps|
|System Requirements||High-definition television, HDMI cable|
|TV Compatibility||Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse|
|Warranty and Service||1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV is subject to the terms found here.|
|Regional Support||Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.|
|Included in the Box||Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV remote
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide
See also: How Amazon Fire TV stacks up against competitors (LA Times)
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