Toshiba has just released a new series of HD Fire TV Edition televisions that run Amazon’s Fire TV operating system. What differentiates these new TVs from the ones Toshiba released earlier this year is that these new TVs are 1080p only, so they do not support 4K Ultra HD, and they have more analog input/output capabilities. These new TVs are available in a 32-inch size for $179.99, a 43-inch size for $299.99, and a 49-inch size for $349.99.
Much like past Fire TV Edition television sets, the specs between each new TV are mostly same, apart from their screen size and the fact that the 32-inch size uses a 720p screen, while the other two sizes use a 1080p screen. They all feature 3 HDMI ports, where one of which is an HDMI ARC port, and an RF antenna connection for the built-in tuner. They also have composite video input and both digital optical audio output and analog audio output, which is a first for a Fire TV Edition television.
The TVs feature a single USB 2.0 port that lets you connect external storage, which can be used to extend how long the TV can pause and rewind live OTA video. Connectivity includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi and a 10/100 Ethernet port. There’s also Bluetooth 4.2, which is how the remote control connects to the TV.
The included remote appears to be the same Alexa voice remote that Toshiba shipped with their 4K-capable Fire TV Edition televisions. It has the usual assortment of Fire TV buttons, as well as power, volume, mute, and channel guide buttons. There are also 4 quick launch buttons for Prime Video, Netflix, HBO, and PlayStation Vue.
Under the hood is an Amlogic T950Z CPU and Mali-450 GPU powering these TVs. There is 8GB of internal storage and 1 GB of DDR4 RAM. These TVs are running Amazon’s latest version of Fire OS 6, which is based on Android 7.1.
The price point of these TVs is peculiar because the 43-inch and 49-inch of these 1080p TVs are priced the same as Toshiba’s 4K Fire TV Edition TVs in the same sizes. Apart from some more analog ports and the availability of a 32-inch size, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to choose these new TVs over their 4K cousins. These new TVs are available now from Amazon and Best Buy.