Amazon said the Fire TV Cube will cost $119.99 and is available for pre-orders starting Thursday. Amazon's Fire TV Cube device measures 86.1 x 86.1 x 76.9mm (3.4 x 3.4 x 3.0-inches) and weighs 465g.
Today, Amazon introduced the Fire TV Cube, a potential death knell for the TV remote. Plus, for a limited time, customers can pre-order Fire TV Cube and the recently announced Amazon Cloud Cam together for $199.98. There's Ultra HD, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos support, but no mention of Dolby Vision or HDR10+ - despite Amazon having thrown its weight behind the new format.
If you have been in the market for a new set-top box, and you haven't been leaning towards the new Apple TV 4K, Amazon might have an option for you. It also includes an infrared emitter that can control TV volume and switch to live channels on cable and satellite boxes. Equipped with IR Blasters on all four sides, Fire TV Cube can work as a universal remote as well. Advanced beamforming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, content now playing, and even competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears your request, even next to your TV.
According to today's official release, the Amazon Fire TV Cube will go on sale in the United States on 21 June. At the moment, the Cube supports cable boxes from Comcast, Dish, and DirectTV. The $120 Cube can connect to TVs, sound bars, cable boxes, and other streaming devices, and owners can use Alexa to control every aspect of their TV-viewing experience.
It can also show weather forecasts on the TV, order things from Amazon, make a phone call and control your smart home thermostat. And the device doesn't have the ability to communicate with bluetooth speakers, so, while the Fire TV Cube can turn the television into a music player, it stops short of managing other speakers throughout the home.
Amazon has finally gone official with a product that we've seen teased for quite a while.
Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search. Not surprisingly, Amazon is looking to sell you clothes and sell you fashion collections.
Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.