With Roku launched two new products into the market, i.e., Roku Premiere and Premiere+, the company has launched the two cheapest streaming devices with 4K and HDR support. The company wants to make a statement with these two products that the best features and functionality can be blended into economical products.
Premiere and Premiere + are Roku’s new media center models that turn any TV into a smart TV. The devices have a compact format, 4K support, and HDR10 technology. The first comes with remote control with infrared, while the Plus version adds control with Wi-Fi and voice commands. The two streaming devices have a quad-core processor and an updated Roku OS 9 system.
Premiere and Premiere+ begin shipping in the US from October for $40 on the basic version and $50 on the Plus variant. The price of these two devices by Roku is less than the price of Chromecast Ultra and Amazon Fire TV 4K, which cost around $70 overseas.
The launches promise good performance on 4K and HDR videos thanks to the presence of a quad-core processor in small-size hardware. The “mini box” format is more robust than Chromecast, but much more discreet compared to devices like Apple TV or the economical Xiaomi Mi Box. The remote control, for example, is much larger than the device itself. There is no difference in dimensions between the Premiere and Premiere + models.
The difference comes in the functionality of two devices, so if you are using Roku Premiere+, then you will get media card reader, ability to play a number of video and audio formats and connect Ethernet cable. So, the number of features rises significantly if you opt for Roku Premiere+ model, but if you want a simple streaming device with 4K and HDR support, then Roku Premiere is there for you to buy.
The manufacturer also ensures that the updated system is lighter and should provide better quality streaming compared to previous products. Another novelty is the compatibility with commands coming from devices with Google Assistant. In practice, owners of the JBL Link Bar, for example, can turn on and off the Roku media center with their voice. Therefore, if you own JBL Link Bar, then you can easily control Roku device through your voice.
With every streaming device manufacturer looking to add voice assistance capability to its device lineup, it wasn’t possible for Roku to ignore that feature, which apparently Roku hadn’t. Roku has included voice search feature in both of its new devices, and the feature works like a charm.
The devices allow installation of apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify, which returns to the platform after being removed from the Roku store in the past. In the United States, Roku’s streaming devices are also famous for their varied TV channels. Roku is one of those companies that has the maximum number of channels under its belt. The company is associated with all the top networks, which is why those who are using Roku don’t find the need of going anywhere else or switching to any other streaming device.