Amazon is launching three custom-designed Smart TVs in the UK. To celebrate the launch, Amazon is offering up to £300 off the price of its brand-new TV hardware. As well as the exclusive discount, you’ll also be one of the first people in Europe to take delivery of these Fire TV-fuelled TVs, which will only be available in the UK and Germany for now.
Amazon is bringing three new Smart TV models to its digital shelves – the price-conscious Fire TV 2-Series, Fire TV 4-Series with 4K Ultra HD resolution, and flagship Fire TV Omni QLED Series.
While the Fire TV 4-Series and Fire TV Omni QLED Series were previously available in the United States and Canada, the UK release will bring new screen sizes, software improvements, and optimisations. Meanwhile, the Fire TV 2-Series is a completely new line of TVs from the online retailer, starting from just £249.99.
Until now, those who wanted to stream via Fire TV had two options. First up, you could invest in a dedicated set-top box from Amazon to plug into an existing TV, such as Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K Max, or Fire TV Cube. Elsewhere, you could buy a television from a manufacturer that had partnered with Amazon – like Hisense, Toshiba, and TLC – to bring Fire TV as the built-in software experience.
However, the Fire TV 2-Series, Fire TV 4-Series, and Fire TV Omni QLED Series marks the first time that you’ll be able to watch live television, play games, and stream on-demand shows on hardware and software designed by the teams at Amazon.
Preorders for Amazon’s custom-designed Smart TVs are available now, with discounts of up to £300. All of the brand-new Fire TV tellies will begin shipping to customers on April 12, 2023, apart from the 43″, 50″, and 55″ Fire TV Omni QLED Series, which will be sent out to customers on June 1, 2023.
Want to know more? We’ve got a breakdown of the differences between these all-new Fire TV models below.
Fire TV 2-Series
The Fire TV 2-Series is the budget model in the all-new lineup, starting from just £249.99. There are two screen sizes available – 32-inch, which has a resolution of 720p, and 40-inch, which can display full 1080p High Definition (HD) content.
Amazon has baked-in support for popular formats like HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Audio. All Fire TV 2-Series models arrive with an Alexa Voice Remote in the box, which lets you load-up TV shows, films, apps, and live channels with a quick voice command.
Alexa can also perform all of the same functions as Alexa-powered smart home gadgets, like an Amazon Echo, including adjusting smart lightbulbs, checking the latest headlines and weather, displaying a live video feed from your Ring doorbell, telling jokes, ordering taxis and takeaways, and more.
Fire TV 2-Series offers the smallest screen size of any of Amazon’s custom-designed TVs – perfect for those who want a smaller telly for a kitchen or child’s bedroom. However, those who want the ultimate viewing experience should look to upgrade to the pricier Fire TV 4-Series.
Fire TV 4-Series
The Fire TV 4-Series arrives with a 4K Ultra HD resolution panel – that’s 4x the number of pixels found in the 1080p display on the 40-inch Fire TV 2-Series.
Of course, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got access to content that takes advantage of those extra pixels. For example, while Prime Video, Apple TV+, and Disney Plus all offer 4K Ultra HD as standard to all subscribers (as long as your telly and broadband connection supports the resolution), Netflix only offers 4K Ultra HD to those subscribed to its most expensive tier, and NOW (formerly NOW TV) maxes-out at 1080p with all live and on-demand streaming no matter how much you’re willing to pay!
Amazon has included support for both HDR10 and HLG standards to display High Dynamic Range (HDR) content from streamers and live channels.
As above, Amazon bundles an Alexa Voice Remote in the box with all Fire TV 4-Series models, so you can search boxsets, which lets you search for TV shows, blockbusters, actors and directors with a quick voice command. There’s no far-field microphone array built into the Fire TV 4-Series, so you’ll need to hold down on the blue microphone button on the remote to speak to the chatty AI assistant.
The Alexa baked into the custom-designed TV is the same assistant found in the Amazon Echo, so can perform all of the same tasks – from adjusting Wi-Fi connected lightbulbs and thermostats, reading out the latest forecast and headlines, displaying a live feed from your Ring doorbell, telling jokes, and more.
Fire TV 4-Series also supports Dolby Digital Plus, perfect for those who want to upgrade the sound quality from their next boxset binge-watch, or Hollywood blockbuster.
This range is available in 43-, 50-, or 55-inch panels. Prices start from £429.99 and preorders are available right now. The first Fire TV 4-Series models will begin to ship to customers from April 12, 2023.
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