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Amazon unveiled over 20 new Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Cube

September 4th, 2019 at 4:25 PM
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Last year, Amazon rolled out a host of new product announcements at an event in its hometown of Seattle, something the tech giant decided to forgo this year and redirect to the IFA 2019 conference in Berlin. That’s where, today, the company unveiled more than 20 new Fire TV products including an all-new Fire TV Cube along with a number of other devices including a new Fire TV Stick, Alexa Voice Remote and more.

“This marks the biggest announcement for Fire TV to date, with more than 20 new Fire TV products available across North America and Europe,” Amazon Fire TV vice president Marc Whitten said as part of the announcement at IFA. “It’s still just day 1 for Fire TV,” he continued, “as we work to make customers’ entertainment experiences easier, more magical, and more enjoyable.”

The Fire TV Cube was one of the signature announcements Amazon made today, and the second-generation device is still $119.99, hands-free and Alexa-enabled. It’s got an ultra-powerful Hexa-core processor and is more than twice as powerful as the first-gen Fire TV Cube, Amazon promises. It also delivers instant access to Dolby Vision and 4K Ultra HD content at up to 60 fps.

Other features include Local Voice Control, a new on-device processing capability that enables the user to execute some of the more frequently-used voice commands more quickly. Commands like “Alexa, select number one” or “Alexa, go home.”

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Amazon first introduced the Fire TV Cube in the US last year. The company says 80% of Fire TV Cube customers are also using the device for home automation — because, thanks to the built-in speaker, Fire TV Cube lets users perform tasks like dimming the lights, checking the weather, and much more.

The device is available for pre-order on Amazon in the US starting today. Customers who pre-order can also get a 90-day extended free trial of Amazon’s premium music subscription service, Amazon Music Unlimited.

The other new products Amazon unveiled today, the full rundown of which is here, include the first OLED Fire TV Edition smart TV (in Germany and Austria), a Fire TV Edition smart TV with built-in far-field voice control, and Amazon’s first-ever Fire TV Edition soundbar. About the latter, the soundbar is being launched in partnership with Anker Innovations. It ships on November 21 and will be available in the US for $229.99.

Meanwhile, a Toshiba 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR — Fire TV Edition will be available at Best Buy for $599. It starts shipping to customers in the US in October.

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism and bingeing on a variety of TV shows you probably don’t like.




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