IFA 2019: Amazon is Also Bringing the Fire TV Cube and a Fire TV-Powered Soundbar to the UK

By Tom Pritchard on at

It turns out that announcing the Fire TV Edition 4K TVs are coming to the UK wasn't the only bit of news Amazon had up its sleeve. It turns out the Fire TV Cube and a Fire TV-powered soundbar are also coming to the UK next month.

Many of you may remember that the Fire TV Cube was first released in the US last summer, and ever since I've seen periodic comments asking when it's coming to the UK. Well commenter(s), it's coming to the UK on 10th October for the princely sum of £110.

The major difference between the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV dongle was that the Cube came with Alexa voice controls. Nowadays that feature is available on all Fire TV devices, so it isn't all that special - though this is totally hands-free and doesn't need a voice-remote. This also happens to be a newer version that promises to be "fastest and most powerful Fire TV ever". It is totally hands.

The new Cube also has what Amazon calls "Local Voice Control" that enables it to interpret commands without referring to an Amazon server.  Not only does that mean speedier responses (four times faster, apparently), it also means there's some stuff that can't be stored in a random Amazon server room. It also supports better HDR standards including Dolby Vision and HDR10+ on top of the older HDR10, 4K UHD, and Dolby Atmos.

As with the older model it also comes with IR blasters that let lets you control all your other AV equipment through the Cube instead of through some other hub.

Meanwhile the Nebula Soundbar - Fire TV Edition is a soundbar that's stuffed a Fire TV inside - much like the Roku soundbar that was announced earlier today and may not be coming to the UK.

AT £180 it's quite a bit more expensive than the Fire TV Cube, but it is sort of like two devices in one. One part is an Anker-made soundbar, and and the other is a Fire TV - even it's not quite as powerful as some of the other. That soundbar comes with 2.1 channel sound and built-in subwoofers, as well as support for 4K UHD, HDR, and HDR10+.

The only downside is that it doesn't have Alexa built in, so you have to use the Alexa Remote (included in the box) to do all the Echoy voice commands.

That arrives on 21st November and can be pre-ordered now.