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What is the Amazon Fire TV Cube?

Leaked ahead of its official launch, the Fire TV Cube is a small, cubed set-top-box that combines the full Fire TV streaming experience and an Amazon Echo.

It has a light-up strip along the front, like the light ring around the top of an Echo or Echo Dot. And, like the Polk Alexa-enabled Command Bar (which is a soundbar that also has a light ring), the buttons on the top also copy those found on an Echo.

The device supports 4K HDR video streaming, Dolby Atmos audio and integrates a built-in speaker. It's not quite a full Amazon Echo replacement though, as the sound quality is more Echo Dot than a full-blown Echo speaker. This enables you to use the Alexa voice assistant without having to switch on your TV.

Amazon Fire TV Cube features: Alexa voice control your TV
One nifty feature is that its HDMI output is HDMI-CEC enabled, so you can use the box and Alexa to control your TV. You can tell it to raise or lower the volume or even switch the TV on from standby.

The Fire TV Cube has dual-band Wi-Fi built in but also comes with an Ethernet adapter for a wired internet connection. Apart from that, connections include a power port, Micro USB port (where the adapter plugs in), and the previously mentioned HDMI 2.0a output.

You also get wired infrared remote support.

Amazon Fire TV Cube features: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu and more
The Cube has access to all the same apps and services as other Fire TV devices, such as Netflix, Hulu and, of course, the entire gamut of Amazon Prime Video content. There are also apps available in the US for ESPN, Fox Now, Showtime, Starz, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, and NBC. Plus, like the dongles in the range, Alexa will bring up visual information cards as well as respond to commands by speech.

Amazon Fire TV Cube specs

Here are the specifications for the Amazon Fire TV Cube:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core ARM 4xCA53
  • GPU: Mali450 MP3
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Voice: Far-field and near-field voice support
  • Ports: HDMI 2.0a, power, Micro UDB, Ethernet (through adapter)
  • Speaker: Built-in
  • Audio formats: Dolby Atmos, 7.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, HDMI passthrough up to 5.1
  • Up to 2160p (4K Ultra HD) 60fps, HDR10 support

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