Amazon's Fire TV Cube went on sale in the US last June at $119.99. We've been waiting ever since for news of a UK release date, and though it has not been confirmed we are hopeful that Amazon's upcoming IFA event will bring news on when the Echo Dot and Fire TV mash-up will go on sale in the UK.
Amazon will host a special Fire TV event on 4 September. Kicking off at 7pm in Berlin, the company was not able to give us any details about what might be revealed.
The Cube is in essence an Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick and multi-directional IR emitter all in one. With eight mics inside it allows you to use your voice for hands-free TV control, as well as completing the sort of tasks for which you might ask Alexa's assistance, for instance checking the weather, getting the latest news bulletins and interacting with smart home devices.
The Fire TV Cube supports Dolby Atmos and 4K HDR video at 60fps, and builds in far-field voice recognition, advanced beamforming tech, a speaker and an LED light bar.
Four top-mounted buttons offer volume and mute controls, plus an action button to physically call up Alexa. There is a bundled Alexa voice remote, as with other Fire TV devices, but you'll also be able to talk to Alexa without it as you would on an Echo Dot, and interact with it using a free mobile app.
In common with the standard Fire TV there's a 1.5GHz processor inside, but twice the internal storage at 16GB.
Some usual Echo features are not available at launch, including Alexa Calling & Messaging, Bluetooth sync and multi-room audio.
|Specifications||Amazon Fire TV Cube|
|Processor||1.5GHz ARM 4xCA53 quad-core|
|Graphics||Mali450 MP3 GPU|
|Video||2160p/1080p/720p up to 60fps; HDR-10|
|Audio||7.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, Dolby Atmos|
|Ports||HDMI 2.0a, Micro-USB, IR|
|Connectivity||dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth (used with Alexa Voice Remote or mobile app)|
When is Fire TV Cube coming to the UK?
Amazon has not confirmed when the Fire TV Cube will come to the UK, but we've seen this US-first release before with the original Amazon Echo. That device appeared in the UK a year later, and we've already been waiting nearly 14 months for the Cube. As we noted above we are hopeful we will get an update at IFA 2019 on 4 September.
How much will Fire TV Cube cost in the UK?
Given Amazon's pricing structure for other Fire TV devices, we'd expect the Cube to retail at £119.99. In the US an introductory offer meant it was temporarily available for $89.99, so fingers crossed we'll get the same in the UK at £89.99.
We'll update this article when we have confirmed information from Amazon.