We haven't had any rumors of a new Fire TV Stick but we do have the first leak. A device labeled the "Amazon AFTS" has shown up on the GFXBenchmarks website. Someone ran a benchmark test on this device, and it revealed that the AFTS runs Android 5.1 on a quad-core MediaTek CPU with 1.5GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
The AFTS (for Amazon Fire TV Stick, perhaps) also has Wifi and Bluetooth, but there's no mention of a light sensor, cameras, GPS, compass, accelerometer, or SIM card. These are all features you would expect to find on a tablet or smartphone, and their absence suggests that this is not your usual Android device.
That suggests that this is a replacement for the $39 Fire TV Stick, which launched last October. With a dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM, the stick is relatively under-powered compared to its more expensive sibling. It can't run all the same games and apps, and it also lacks several features (support for Bluetooth headphones, for example) found in the Fire TV.
The new model will like make up for the lack. It would also cost $20 more, arguably defeating the original purpose of offering low-end streaming hardware to match the higher-end Fire TV.
- CPU: quad-core MediaTek MT8173 (two cores @ 1.9GHz, two cores @ 1.5GHz)
- Graphics: PowerVR Rogue GX6250
- OS: Android 5.1 (plus Amazon's special sauce)
- RAM: 1.5GB
- Storage: 8GB
- Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth