Amazon’s Fire TV Software is Now Inside TVs Shipping Next Month
Amazon had been peddling its Fire TV sticks and set top boxes for a while now and the streaming devices have proven very popular. Amazon has now taken up with some of the affordable TV makers that sell lots of 4K TVs of different sizes via the Amazon website for Fire TV Editions of their offerings.
Amazon has initially teamed up with three TV brands including Element, Westinghouse, and Seiki as it announced in January. The first of these new TVs is up for preorder on Amazon and will ship on June 14. The TV is an Element branded set and will be offered in 43, 50, 55, and 65-inch sets.
The big feature of these TVs is the Fire TV Edition software that integrates the streaming content from Amazon Fire devices directly into the TV. That means streaming for Prime Video among other things. All screen sizes are 4K resolution and have 60Hz native and 120Hz effective refresh rates.
Connectivity for the set includes four HDMI 2.0 ports, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card, composite, and component. An optical audio out will get the sound to your speakers. The full Fire TV experience built into the TV means you have access to over 15,000 channels, apps, and Alexa skills. Pricing for the 43″ TV is $449.99, 50″ is $549.99, 55″ is $649.99, and 65-inch is $899.99. All three sizes ship for free. People who pre-order will also get a 35-mile AmazonBasics Ultra Thin indoor HDTV antenna free.
Business Insider reports that the Element TVs have a quad-core chipset, 3GB of RAM, mali GPU, 802.11ac WiFi, and 16GB of internal storage that is expandable. The TVs also include a remote control that allows voice control over your content and TV. Thanks to Alexa skills, the remote can also control your smart home devices like lighting.