Two Canadian websites, discovered by Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny, have let slip information about 5 new Roku models coming later this year. Combined with the information found in Roku’s FCC filing from earlier this month, it paints a pretty clear picture of the new hardware expected from Roku. It appears Roku is getting rid of their numerical naming convention, and instead using Ultra, Premiere, and Express as the device’s names. Three of the new models will support 4K video, while two will support HDR, which is a first for Roku.
The Roku Ultra appears to be the flagship model that will likely replace the current Roku 4. It sports a model number of 4640 and has 4K, HDR, Ethernet, Remote locator, Micro SD slot, and is the only model with an optical audio port and a USB 2.0 port. Pricing in the screenshots above are in Canadian dollar, so it appears the Roku Ultra will be priced around $110.
The Roku Premiere and Premiere Plus, models 4620 and 4630, appear to be replacing the Roku 2 and Roku 3. They both support 4K, but the Plus model is the only one of the two that supports HDR. The Premiere Plus also appears to include an ethernet port and micro SD card slot, which the non-Plus model does not have. Pricing for the Premiere looks to be around $75 and the Premiere Plus will be around $90.
It looks like the Roku 1 will be replaced by a Roku Express, model 3700, and Express Plus, model 3710. It’s unclear what the specs of these two devices are, or what’s different between them, but neither appear to support 4K video. They will be priced around $35 and $45 respectively.
The Canadian retailer had an “ETA” date of September 7th, so we might hear an official announcement this coming week.