Amazon has confirmed it will be launching its latest Fire TVs in a number of new countries, including its flagship QLED and bedroom set at a rather retro 720p resolution.
Here’s everything you need to know about the sets, including their specs, price and release date.
New Amazon Fire TVs 2023
Amazon unveiled the flagship Omni and 4 Series and 2 Series sets in 2021, but previously the TVs were limited to retail in the US.
The Omni sets are the most interesting of the group, with a QLED panel. This is a custom screen technology that aims to make LCD TVs incorporate OLEDs in performance made famous by Samsung.
Below that, the 4 Series is Amazon’s mid-range offering and the 2 Series is the budget line, and includes the lowest spec TV, a 32-inch model with 720p resolution.
The main selling point for the sets is the fact that they all run on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, meaning they offer an almost identical user interface and experience to what you get on the company’s Fire TV sticks.
The big difference between the TVs and previous Amazon Fire TVs is that the sets themselves are made by Amazon – in the past the company has partnered with other brands to actually make the TVs such as Hisense, Xiaomi, JVC and TCL who release Fire TVs outside its home territory in the US.
Here are the specific details about the sets.
Amazon Fire TV Omni
Omni is Amazon’s flagship product. It is available in 43, 50, 55, and 65-inch sizes. Besides Fire TV support, these are the only sets the tech company has confirmed will work with its Luna cloud gaming service. Luna is a rival to other game streaming services like Xbox Game Pass and GeForce Now that lets you stream triple-A games directly to your TV via the cloud without the need for a console or gaming PC.
In terms of specs, all of the models are the most advanced you’ll find in Amazon’s current lineup. Highlights include:
- 4K resolution
- QLED panel with full array local dimming (80 zones)
- Support for HDR10+, Dolby Vision IQ, HLG, HDR10+
- 43, 50, 55, 65-inch sizes
- 3x HDMI 2.0
- 1 x HDMI 2.1 / eARC
The addition of a single HDMI 2.1 port that doubles as an eARC input is welcome, but the fact that there’s only one means you can’t play a next-gen gaming console like the PS5 and Dolby Atmos soundbar at the same time connecting – that’s a minor annoyance.
Amazon 4 series
4-Series are Amazon’s mid-tier home made TVs. They sit below Omni and have simple LCD panels. The TVs are available in 43, 50 and 55 inch sizes. Unlike the Omni, they don’t have HDMI 2.1 connectivity, meaning they’re not a good match for the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, both of which need the connectivity to run at full speed.
While they use LCD panels, they are all 4K sets and support HDR10, HLG and Dolby Digital Plus HDR standards. Each set also includes an Amazon Alexa Voice Remote so you can control them with vocal commands.
They also offer smart home support, so you can sync them with other compatible devices, such as Amazon Ring.
Amazon 2 series
The 2 Series is Amazon’s most affordable. You can only pick them up in 32-inch and 40-inch sizes. The smallest option has a rather retro 720p resolution, while the 40-inch has a slightly sharper 1080p resolution. Amazon therefore primarily markets them as bedroom, kitchen and nursery TVs. Both formats use standard LCD panels.
Release date and pre-order
Prices for the flagship Omni sets, which use a QLED panel, start at £550 / €600, and the TV can be pre-ordered on April 12 before shipping on June 1.
The more affordable 4 Series is now available for pre-order with prices starting at £430 / €500.
The 2 Series 32-inch kit will initially only be available in the UK and Germany and will cost £250 / €280. We’re awaiting pricing for the larger 40-inch model and will update this article when we hear back from Amazon.
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