Today Amazon announced a new, more powerful Fire TV Cube. They also announced 15 new Fire TV Edition TVs including the first smart TV with built-in far-field voice control and the first OLED Fire TV Edition Smart TV. Amazon also announced a new Fire TV Edition Soundbar.
“Customers have told us how much they use and love Fire TV Edition smart TVs in the United States and Canada, with millions of devices sold and an average rating of more than 4 stars across all models,” said Marc Whitten, vice president of Amazon Fire TV. “Today we’re thrilled to introduce innovative Fire TV Edition smart TVs and the first-ever Fire TV Edition soundbar from global brands that customers know and love. We can’t wait for customers to experience these new devices with the Fire TV experience built-in.”
Here is what we know about these new devices:
The 2019 Fire TV Cube comes with a new hexa-core processor making it more than twice as powerful as the first-generation Fire TV Cube. This new cube offers Dolby Vision HDR, HDR 10+, and 60 fps 4K. Amazon will once again include far-field voice control built directly into the new Fire TV cube, so you can use Alexa to control your TV even if you don’t have the remote.
The Fire TV Cube will also be able to control other devices in your living room using the multidirectional infrared and HDMI CEC protocols to turn on and off your TV, soundbar, A/V receiver, and more.
“Fire TV Cube was the first hands-free streaming media player powered by Alexa, and since launching last year we have gathered a wealth of feedback from customers about how they use voice in the living room,” said Marc Whitten, vice president of Amazon Fire TV. “We have continued to expand and advance the Fire TV Cube experience based on this feedback with dozens of new features including Multi-Room Music, Follow-Up Mode, and Alexa Communications. These key learnings carried over and guided the development of the second-generation Fire TV Cube, and we are excited to introduce this new-and-improved experience to customers around the world.”
The new 2019 Fire TV Cube will cost $119.99 and is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com.
Today Amazon also announced the Fire TV Edition Soundbar. In partnership with Anker, Amazon is launching the Nebula Soundbar–Fire TV Edition that turns any TV into a smart TV with Dolby Vision Pass through, 4K HDR, Alexa near-field voice control, and a unified smart TV user interface. It will come with a Fire TV Voice Remote with Alexa to control your Fire TV experience and turn on and off your compatible TV.
Amazon says the new Nebula Soundbar–Fire TV Edition is launching in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The Nebula Soundbar will sell for $229.99 in the United States. Amazon will ship the new Nebula Soundbar–Fire TV Edition starting on November 21, 2019. All new Nebula Soundbar–Fire TV Edition owners will get a 90-day extended free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.
Amazon announced multiple new Fire TV Edition Smart TVs from new partners including JVC, Skyworth, Arcelik, TPV, and Compal. Amazon will also be expanding Fire TV Edition Smart TV Sales into the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria.
In Germany, Grunding will release a Fire TV Edition OLED Fire TV which will be the first Fire TV Edition Smart TV with far-field voice control built into the TV. Sadly, for now these TVs will only be sold in Germany and Austria.
In the United States and Canada, Toshiba will be releasing a new 65″ Fire TV Edition Smart TV with Dolby Vision. Toshiba has already released a 50″ version of this TV but now buyers in the United States and Canada will be able to get a 65″ version for $599 at Best Buy starting in October 2019.
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