Amazon has announced the third generation of its Fire TV streaming box – the Fire TV Cube.
After a three-year period without updates, the new model has many of the same features that Fire TV users have come to know and love, with many more designed to enhance the home theater experience.
With twice the power of the Fire TV Stick 4K Max thanks to a new 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, users can expect faster loading times and a smoother overall entertainment experience, further enhanced by support for high-speed Wi-Fi 6E.
The Fire TV Cube supports 4K Ultra HD, HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio for a premium viewing experience, all of which can be controlled hands-free with Alexa.
The new device is also the first in the Fire TV lineup to sport an HDMI input, which Amazon says is a first for the entire industry. The new port allows users to connect various compatible devices such as Blu-Ray players, allowing them to be controlled through Fire OS.
Another first for the range is support for Super Resolution Upscaling, which seamlessly upscales HD content to 4K, making older content even more enjoyable when viewed on a high resolution display.
In addition to the Fire TV Cube, Amazon also announced the Alexa Voice Remote Pro, a premium remote control designed to reduce the time users spend searching for their favorite content.
Featuring two new assignable buttons, users can customize shortcuts for easy access to their favorite channels, as well as other things Alexa is capable of, such as dimming the lights for movie night.
The new remote also sports a new Remote Finder feature. Saying to an Alexa-enabled device “Alexa, find my remote” will cause the Voice Remote Pro to emit an audible ringtone, making it easy to find.
Amazon Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro are both available for pre-order starting today for $219 and $59 respectively. The Fire TV Cube will be fully released on October 27ewith the Alexa Voice Remote Pro to follow on November 16e.