Croma, a popular electronics retailer that is part of the Tata Group, has just released 5 new Fire TV Edition televisions in India. The new models range in size from 32 inches to 55 inches and include 720p, 1080p, and 4K resoultion sets. The new models start at ₹17,999 (~$248 USD) and top out at ₹46,499 (~$641 USD) for the 55 inch TV with Dolby Vision.
Similarly to existing Fire TV Edtion televisions, Croma’s three 4K televisions share the same specs, apart from having different screen sizes, and Croma’s two non-4K televisions share slightly inferior specs. The three 4K Croma Fire TV Edition televisions include a 43-inch TV for ₹34,999 (~$483 USD), a 50-inch TV for ₹39,999 (~$552 USD), and a 55-inch TV for ₹46,499 (~$641 USD). Those are already discounted prices, since these TVs will likely never sell for their actual list prices, which are ₹50K, ₹60K, and ₹75k. The two non-4K TV models include a 32-inch 720p TV for ₹17,999 (~$248 USD) and a 43-inch 1080p TV for ₹29,999 (~$414). Those TVs have list prices of ₹25K and ₹40K.
The 4K Croma Fire TV Edition televisions support Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG, with a peak brightness of 350nits. They support Dolby Atmos audio and are powered by an Amlogic quad-core CPU at 1.95 GHz and a Mali G31 MP2 GPU. They have 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Ports include 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB ports (one USB 3.0 & one USB 2.0), Optical Audio out, antenna in, and AV composite video in. Connectivity comes by way of an Ethernet port, dual-band WiFi, and Bluetooth 5.0. The 4K models are running Fire OS 7 and don’t appear to ship with the new Fire TV interface, but they will likely receive the new interface with a future software update.
The two 720p and 1080p Croma Fire TV Edition televisions support HDR10 and HLG, but not Dolby Vision. They max out at a lower 300nits of brightness and are powered by an Amlogic quad-core CPU running at a slightly slower 1.5GHz and a Mali 450 GPU. Onboard is slightly less RAM at just 1Gb and the same 8GB of internal storage. They have only 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, the same 2 USB ports, coaxial audio out in place of optical audio out, and the same antenna and composite video options. Connectivity is also the same with Ethernet, dual-band WiFi, and Bluetooth 5.0. Lastly, the non-4K TVs are running the older Fire OS 6 operating system.
The remote that comes with all five of these TVs is the standard Fire TV Edition remote that is shared across all modern TVs running Fire OS. This is the latest version of Amazon’s Fire TV Edition remotes and is, in my opinion, the best one yet. It features a microphone button for Alexa, a TV button to jump directly to the live channel guide, and a series of shortcut buttons. Three of the shortcut buttons take you to specific apps and the last loads the list of all apps. Notably, this is the first time we’ve seen a Fire TV Edition remote include the Fire TV logo at the bottom alongside the manufacturer’s logo.
This new set of TVs from Croma mark the 4th manufacturer to release Fire TV Edition televisions in India. That’s more than in any other region. Onida was the first to release Fire TV Edition televisions in India, followed closely by AKAI. Then Amazon released their own TVs under the AmazonBasics brand in India earlier this year.