Amazon today announced the third-generation Fire TV Cube, the company’s flagship media player. The updated model features a new design, faster processing and improved connectivity.
The new Fire TV Cube has a new design with a fabric grille covering the built-in speaker. Together with the built-in microphones, the Fire TV Cube can act as an Alexa device for your home.
The new Fire TV Cube has an updated processor, which is said to be 2x as powerful as the one on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. This should improve app loading times and speed up video playback performance in apps as well.
In terms of connectivity, the Fire TV Cube now also has an HDMI input for connecting your cable box, which you can then control with Alexa or the Fire TV Cube remote. The Fire TV Cube also includes the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard for more reliable wireless connectivity. There is also a USB-A port for connecting compatible webcams for video calls.
Amazon also launched the new Alexa Voice Remote Pro, with remote control, customizable buttons and backlight.
The Remote Pro has a built-in speaker that plays an audible ring to help you find it. To activate the feature, ask Alexa to find your remote. There are two customizable buttons so you can assign your own shortcuts to your favorite apps, channels or Alexa commands. And finally, the new remote has motion-activated backlighting that lights up when the remote is picked up in the dark.
The new Fire TV Cube costs $140, while the Alexa Voice Remote Pro costs $35. Both are available for pre-order today.
Amazon also announced its new Omni QLED TV series. It includes a 65-inch and 75-inch models. Both have a 60Hz 4K IPS LCD display, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ support, Dolby Atmos, up to 96 zones full array local dimming, 3x HDMI 2.0 and 1x HDMI 2.1 ports, and come with the Alexa Voice Remote. The TVs run on the Android-based Fire TV operating system. The 65-inch model is $800 and the 75-inch is $1100.
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