The Roku 3 weighs 5 ounces and, according to the Roku.com store, the Roku 4 weighs 0.9 pounds. (A pound is 16 ounces so the Roku 4 should weigh about 14.4 ounces.) What could cause a device that is only twice the size of the Roku 3 to be almost three times its weight?
Let’s say a large heat sync and larger case accounts for an additional 5 ounces. That still leaves 4.4 ounces of unaccounted for weight.
The likely explanation is the one very huge blank spot in all the spec listings. The internal memory…
Roku is likely holding back the size of the internal hard drive as an additional selling point before the Roku 4 comes out with a big press release to keep the Roku 4 in the news. If they are holding back for that reason it must be an impressive improvement over the Roku 3s 256 MB of internal flash storage.
The Fire TV supports 2 GB RAM compared to the Roku 4s 1.5 GB of RAM. It also has 8 GB of internal storage and lines up with all the other features of the Roku 4 including quad-core and the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Yet it fits all that in about half the size and only 9.5 ounces.
So it is starting to look like the Roku 4 may be hiding something and that may be a much larger internal flash storage. Right now all we can do is guess and wait for Roku to officially announce what the Roku 4 will have.
On a unrelated note Amazon has many SSD 1TB drives that weigh less than a 5 ounces… Not saying the Roku 4 will have a 1TB SSD drive just saying there is room for one…