Roku has announced the latest version of their video streaming player. Roku 4 comes with a faster quad core processor, supports H.265 & VP9 video playback up to respectively 2160p60 and 2160p30, and includes a new version of Roku operating systems.
- SoC – Unnamed Quad core ARM processor with OpenGL ES 2.0 capable GPU
- System Memory – 1.5GB RAM
- Storage – TBD internal storage – micro SD slot
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×2160 @ 60Hz with HDCP 2.2 support
- Audio Output – HDMI or optical S/PDIF with support for Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround pass-through
- Video Codecs – 4K UHD 60 fps HEVC Playback, 4K UHD 30 fps VP9 Playback (YouTube)
- Connectivity – 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
- USB – USB host port
- Power supply – 12V/1A
- Power consumption – 12.4W (typ.) when streaming 4K UHD video
- Dimensions – About 16.5 x 16.5 x 2 cm
- Weight – 408 grams
The device runs Linux based Roku OS 7, and is said to provide access to over 300,000 movies and TV episodes, via online video streaming services such as Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, ToonGoogles, Vudu and YouTube. Current generation Roku players & Tvs in the US, Canada and the UK will also be updated to the latest firmware between mid-October and November.
The streaming device ships with an IR remote control with voice search, gaming support, a small speaker, and a headphone jack, as well as in-ear headphones, two AA batteries for the remote, a power adapter, a Quick start guide, an “exclusive content offers”.Albeit the processor has not been named, previous generation devices were based on Broadcom processor, and Broadcom BCM7445 would fit the bill as a quad core ARM processor with 4K @ 60 Hz and H.265 support, and VP9 might have been implemented using GPU acceleration, which is why it’s limited to 30 fps. The company also announced BCM7445S recently, but it also supports VP9 @ 2160p60, so it’s unlikely the one used here.
You can find more details and/or pre-order Roku 4 for $129.99 on the product page. Delivery is scheduled for October 21.
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