Insignia has just released a new 70-inch 4K Fire TV Edition television (also at Best Buy). This is the first Fire TV Edition television ever released with a screen this large. Toshiba, Element, JVC (UK), Grundig (Germany), and Insignia themselves have all released 65-inch TVs with Amazon’s Fire TV operating system, but none have pushed beyond that size until now.
With a list price of $649.99, Insignia’s new 70-inch Fire TV Edition TV is competitively priced. Of course, hardly anyone buys a TV at its retail price, so we’ll have to see if this new model will eventually receive the same deep discounts that smaller Fire TV Edition televisions have received in the past. Insignia’s 65-inch Fire TV Edition TV was 27% off at $399.99 for Prime Day. A similar discount on the 70-inch version would price it around $475, although, judging by past sales, the largest Fire TV Edition size typically does not receive as steep of a discount as smaller sizes.
This new 70-inch Insignia TV shares the same specs as all of Insignia’s other 4K Fire TV Edition televisions released in 2020. That means it’s capable of 2160p (UHD 4K) video at 60fps. It supports HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range video, but does not support Dolby Vision. Video codec support thankfully includes AV1, making it fairly futureproof should streaming services switch to the new format, as well as the typical HEVC (H.265), AVC (H.264), VP9, and VP8 support with up to 10bit color depth.
Powering the TV is a Mediatek MTK T31/L Cortex-A55 quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and Mali-G52 MP1 GPU. While I haven’t had a chance to benchmark this SoC, as I have other Fire TV devices, I expect that it performs closer to the Fire TV Stick 4K than to the Fire TV Cube 2. Memory on this TV comes in the form of 2GB of DDR3 RAM. There is, unfortunately, only 8GB of internal storage, but the TV does have a USB port that can accept a USB flash drive to expand its storage.
Speaking of ports, you’ll find Insignia’s usual 3 HDMI ports, of which one is an ARC connection for passback audio, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos. There’s also an optical audio output, for older surround sound systems, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The TV does have DTS Studio Sound to help make its own built-in speakers sound a bit better. Analog video input is possible through its RCA composite ports and a coax connection can accept an OTA digital HD antenna for the TV’s built-in tuner, which integrates nicely with streaming apps in the Fire TV’s live channel guide. The TV is running the latest version of Amazon’s OS, Fire OS 7, which is based on Android 9 Pie.
Connectivity is achieved through built-in 10/100 Ethernet or 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual-band) WiFi. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.2 which can be used to connect wireless headphones for private listening, as well as wireless peripherals like game controllers, keyboards, and mice. The TV comes with Amazon’s latest Alexa Voice Remote and it can be paired with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show for hands-free voice control.
Breaking past a 65-inch screen size is hopefully an indicator that manufacturers, well, at least Insignia, have faith in Amazon’s Fire TV operating system powering higher-end televisions. Roku OS, thanks to partnerships with TCL, and Android TV, thanks to partnerships with Sony, can be had in some of the most premium TVs on the market, but the same isn’t true for Fire OS. With the release of this 70-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition television, at least the screen size isn’t as much of a limiting factor for Fire OS anymore.