At IFA 2019 in Berlin, Amazon has announced the second-generation version of their Fire TV Cube.
“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. “Over the past year, 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 Fire TV Cube comes with a Hexa-core processor, which makes the device twice as powerful as the original. You also get support for Dolby Vision and 4K Ultra HD content at up to 60 frames per second.
The device also supports HDR, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos. The Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) also comes with Local Voice Control, which is an on-device processing feature that allows you to execute Alexa voice commands faster.
Just like the previous Fire TV Cube, the device has multi-directional infrared technology that allows you to control your TV, soundbar, A/V receiver using Alexa.
Since the Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker and far-field microphones, you can use the device like an Echo when your TV is off.
The new Fire TV Cube will be getting the latest Alexa features such as Follow-Up Mode, Alexa Voice Browsing, Multi-Room Music and more.
The new Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) is set to launch in Canada ($149 CAD), the US ($119 USD), UK (£109.99), Germany (€119.99) on October 10th. A Japanese launch for the new Fire TV Cube will follow on November 5th and cost ¥14980.
In the box, you’ll get an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter with each Fire TV Cube.