Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube can control your cable box

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube has always been a bit odd. Of course, the company wanted to pair an Echo Dot with a Fire TV streaming player, but it took us a few tries before we really liked it. With the third generation Fire TV Cube, Amazon now gives it a more premium shine with a fabric-covered design, a more powerful 2GHz octa-core processor, and an HDMI input port for connecting your cable box. This allows you to tune the Fire TV Cube to specific channels using voice commands — you know, for those of you who can’t let go of your local sport.

Given this new hardware, Amazon says the Fire TV Cube will feel a lot faster than before. It’s also the first streamer on the market to support WiFi 6E, which should help with large 4K streams. When it comes to legacy content, Amazon has also included Super Resolution support for upscaling HD video to 4K. It’s unclear if this actually helps older content look better, but we’re looking forward to testing it.

In addition to the $140 Fire TV Cube, Amazon also announced the $35 Alexa Voice Remote Pro, which unfortunately is sold separately. It features a backlight and programmable buttons to launch your favorite streaming apps. But maybe the most useful? There’s a Remote Finder feature that lets you ask Alexa to trigger a sound in case the Remote Pro gets stuck on your couch. That’s a huge advantage over Apple’s easy-to-lose Apple TV remote.

The new Fire TV Cube will ship on October 25th, while the new remote will ship on November 16th. Both are available to pre-order now.

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