Amazon has launched a new TV streaming device: the Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd Generation). It was announced as part of Amazon’s September 2022 launch event, although, disappointingly for Amazon, it was leaked hours before the event started.
The previous iteration of the Fire TV cube really impressed us. The latest version, the Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) earned four and a half stars in our review and is one of the best streaming devices we’ve tested. It offers 4K HDR playback and supports Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Atmos to help you get the most out of your favorite shows and movies.
This new iteration takes a lot of what we love and adds some connectivity improvements with support for Wi-Fi 6E and a new Ethernet port, which should help reduce buffer times for streaming 4K content.
Interestingly, the new Fire TV Cube will also have a second HDMI port, but for input rather than output. That means you can plug in one of the best gaming consoles on the market (like a PS5 or Xbox Series X) and have voice control over more gadgets in your home theater setup.
After we’ve spent some time with the new streamer, we’ll have a better idea how much of an improvement it is, but based on its specs and features, the new Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd Gen) looks like a decent upgrade.
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It does come with a price increase, however. The new device is currently available for pre-order and will launch from 25 October for $139.99 / £139.99 / AU$219, which is $20 / £30 more expensive than the Fire Previous TV Cube at launch. And given that the older device is often on sale, it will be a tempting proposition if you don’t need the new features.
We expect older Amazon streaming devices to be heavily discounted during the upcoming Amazon Prime Day 2 sale. This precursor to Amazon’s Black Friday 2022 deals will give Prime members exclusive early access to discounts on a variety of products, and we expect Amazon’s new product announcements will likely mean a drop in the price of older models.
You can also check out the best Fire stick deals available right now if you want to haggle on one of Amazon’s streaming devices.