Roku’s new streaming boxes are all about 4K
4K is definitely going to replace the Full HD in the following years, but there is one problem. Nowadays, 4K televisions are not as expensive as they used to be, and finding 4K content is not as hard as it was few years ago. However, the streaming boxes are usually connected to 4K TVs and most of the content in those boxes are actually 4K, but interestingly most of them does not support 4K. That is why Roku, today, announced five new streaming boxes. Their prices, shapes and hardwares are different, but they all ( expect Roku Express ) have one thing in common. They all support 4K.
On the bottom of the line, there is Roku Express, which respectively replaces the Roku 1, with a new design ( which is 35% smaller ) and yet, it is twice as powerful as Roku 1. It costs $30, making it the cheapest Roku ever announced. However, unlike its brothers, it does not support 4K, instead it uses HD.
Also, the regular model only supports HDMI, so if you have an older device which uses RCA instead of HDMI, then you should look at $10 more expensive Express+. But Express+ has a HDMI an any ways.
Then, there are Premiere & Premiere+. They are neither at the bottom of the line nor at the top. Premiere, replacing Roku 2, cost $80 and supports 4K at 60 fps. It is powered by quad-core processor and comes with standard Roku IR remote controller. For twenty box more, you can get the Premiere+ which adds Ethernet port and a microSD card slot to the box plus headphone jack to the remote. It additionally supports HDR alongside with 4K.
At the top, you can find Roku Ultra, replacing Roku 4. Ultra has all of the features of Premiere+ including 4K and HDR, but it allows you to plug your thumb drive to the box and its remote has additional features such as “find my remote” and A/B gaming buttons.
The software has also been updated. Even though it does not include major changes as Roku OS 7, it adds “night listening” feature which matches hard noises ( like explosions ) with dialogues. The new software also widens the abilities of search to the 3500 channels. The software update is already out, and it is being supported by all of the Roku devices; not just the new ones.