Amazon has unveiled a new TV streaming device: the Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd generation). It was announced as part of the Amazon launch event in September 2022, though disappointing for Amazon, it was leaked hours before the event began.
The previous iteration of the Fire TV cube really impressed us. The latest version, Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen), scored 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 make the most of your favorite shows and movies.
This new iteration takes a lot of what we loved and adds several improvements to Wi-Fi 6E-enabled connectivity and a new Ethernet port, which should help reduce buffering time for 4K streaming content.
Interestingly, the new Fire TV Cube will also get a second HDMI port, but for input, not output. This means you can connect one of the best gaming consoles (such as the PS5 or Xbox Series X) and have voice control over more gadgets in your home theater setup.
As we spend some time with the new streamer ourselves, we’ll understand how much an improvement this is, but based on its specs and features, the new Amazon Fire TV (3rd Gen) Cube looks like a decent update.
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However, it is associated with a price increase. The new device is currently available for pre-order and will ship on October 25 for $ 139.99 / £ 139.99 / $ 219, which is $ 20 / £ 30 more expensive than the previous Fire TV Cube at launch. And considering that an older device is often on sale, this would be a tempting proposition if you don’t need new features.
We hope that Amazon’s legacy streaming devices will receive a big discount 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 range of products and we expect the Amazon new product announcements will likely will mean lower prices for older models.
You can also check out the best Fire Stick deals currently available if you want to take the opportunity on one of Amazon’s streaming devices.