Amazon has introduced a raft of new products at present in Germany, though a leak revealed the majority of them several hours before showtime. The highlight was the appearance of a second-generation Fire TV Cube, the enthusiast-level unit in Amazon’s Fire TV family. Amazon hasn’t sought to vary the outside of the field, or the variety of ports you could connect to it, however, did make some substantial modifications inside.

Buried beneath that smooth body is a brand new Hexa-core processor which has enabled Amazon to supply local voice control, with on-device processing. That has been mixed with far-field microphones that, hopefully, will assist the system to hear you in busy rooms. Amazon claims that the additional speed and processing power implies that the Fire TV Cube is higher than four times faster than the earlier version.

When it comes to picture quality, the original Fire TV Cube supported Dolby Vision and HDR. However, this new model additionally will get HDR10+. As standard, you get HDMI CEC to run all your home entertainment units, and Amazon guarantees it is made it quicker than gear from different companies.

In a demo at Amazon’s noisy event, the Fire TV Cube was quick, though it did struggle to select up voice once spoke at a regular volume. What was apparent was the pace of the processing, without the lag you’ll expect from a voice-controlled system.

It is generally exhausting to see where one thing just like the Fire TV cube fits into Amazon’s difficult ecosystem of connected home merchandise. Firm representatives mentioned that it is not meant as a substitute for an Echo, assuming you’ve got paired it with a Fire TV stick, in your living room.

The Fire TV Cube is on the market to pre-order at present with an infrared extender cable and an Ethernet adapter for shipping in early October for $119.99 within the US, Canada $149.99, the UK for £109.99.