Amazon and Best Buy have announced an all-new series of high-end 2021 Insignia Fire TV Smart TVs for the US and Canada. What sets these apart from past Fire TV Smart TVs, and make them the new best models with regard to picture quality, is the use of quantum dot QLED technology, which is a first for any Fire TV Smart TV. These 4K TVs, available in 50″, 55″, 65″, and 70″ sizes, also support Dolby Vision HDR, which, while has been available on Toshiba Fire TVs, is a first for an Insignia model.
These new flagship Insignia Fire TVs, called the F50 Series, are the first Fire TV Smart TVs to use QLED LCD screens. While Grundig has released OLED Fire TVs in Germany, all Fire TV Smart TVs in the US and Canada have used standard LED LCD screens, including Insignia’s own F30 (4K) and F20 (1080p) Series 2021 Fire TVs released earlier this year. The advantage of QLED screens over standard LED screens is improved color gamut for more accurate colors, more vivid colors, and a brighter screen. QLED provides little to no improvement to black levels or viewing angles, which are where OLED screens excel.
In addition to improving the screen’s image quality, these new Insignia TVs greatly improve the overall appearance of the TVs themselves. Earlier this year when Toshiba released its new C350 Series 2021 4K Fire TV Smart TVs, they easily became the best looking Fire TVs in the US and Canada. Insignia’s new F50 series are certainly giving Toshiba a run for its money with much thinner bezels than Insignia’s other models, including this year’s new F30 series 4K sets. The legs of the new flagship TVs are also a nice improvement over previous models, thanks to their slimmer design.
As for specs of these new Insignia Fire TVs, I’m still waiting to hear back from Amazon regarding all the internal details, but I suspect they will mostly be the same as Toshiba and Insignia’s existing 4K 2021 models. I’ll update this article as soon as I hear from Amazon, but, as already mentioned, we do know these F50 series Fire TVs do support Dolby Vision, which was previously only available on Toshiba’s Fire TVs in the US and Canada.
Ports on these 4K TVs include 4 HDMI ports, which is one more than on Insignia’s older models but matches the number of HDMI ports found on Toshiba’s C350 Series TVs. What doesn’t match Toshiba is that Insignia still only includes 1 USB port, which Toshiba has increased to 2 USB ports on its latest models. Common on all Fire TV Smart TVs, including these new ones from Insignia, is an Ethernet port, WiFi, coax to connect an HD antenna for the built-in OTA tuner, optical audio out, 3.5mm headphone audio out jack, and composite RCA video in.
The included remote is the same Alexa Voice Remote that comes with all of Amazon’s latest Fire TV Smart TVs and Smart Soundbars. This remote was introduced last year and comes with a few improvements over the older Fire TV television remote, such as the addition of a “Recents” button and “Settings” button, plus just overall better button placement and layout. While the top two app buttons will be for Prime Video and Netflix, the bottom two change frequently enough that there’s no way to be certain what app they will be for before purchasing. However, they can be remapped with my Remapper app.
Insignia’s new F50 series Fire TV Smart TVs are now the best models in the lineup, thanks to the use of QLED screens and support for Dolby Vision. They are listed on Best Buy’s website as “Coming Soon” in sizes of 50″ for $599.99, 55″ for $649.99, 65″ for $799.99, and 70″ for $899.99. They will also be coming to Amazon.com in the near future, where you’ll be able to order on Amazon and pickup in store at Best Buy if you’d like, which is a service that has recently been expanded to include all Best Buy stores in the US and all Fire TV Smart TV models.
What will be the internal memory? Will there be an option to increase it via an external device like on the FTV Cube (Gen 2)?
I sent Amazon a list of specs I’d like to know, including internal storage/memory. Once they tell me, I’ll post it all in an update section of this article. As for expanding the storage, Amazon has unfortunately stopped supporting that on TVs for a while now, so it’s very unlikely these TVs will be any different. The USB port is probably just for peripherals (keyboards, mice, gamepads) and external media playback (photos and videos).
Who is the OEM for these tv’s ? and a lil late for a 2021 model – i will wait til the 2022 models are out
I don’t know the OEM/ODM. As for being late, they usually release lower-end sets early in the year and higher-end sets later in the year, so these are right on time. If you’re waiting for 2022 sets, I’d say we’ll see some low-end models trickle out around April/May 2022 and better models in the second half of 2022. That said, I don’t expect 2022 models to be much different from these 2021 models because 2018-2020 models were all very similar but these 2021 models are a significant improvement.
can you ask amazon ?
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…QLED provides little to no improvement to black levels or viewing angles…
Viewing angles!! black levels!!
I don’t want to go off on a rant here but…
Here’s my question / complaint:
Why in 2021 can’t we have a tv that we can watch from an angle??
Instead of making 4K(little to no content), or 8K LOL, or 3D etc etc
Why not develop and make a screen you can watch with full color and brightness from an angle??
OLED you say, sure, the MOST expensive.
The current VA and IPS in most TV’s BOTH have issues.
I have an LG and if I watch from straight on 13′ away it is fine.
If I watch from my chair 6′ to the side, maybe 30 degree angle, it is NOTICEABLY dimmer.
I don’t remember that with my old plasma from a DECADE ago!!!
How about spending R&D dollars on something that is a step FORWARD?
Does anyone have any info on the actual release date(s)? Which date do any of these current year/model TVs go available for purchase?
Are QLED displays known yet to last any longer than LED displays? There are many reports of screens failing on previous models because of LED failures after anywhere from a few months to three years. I have a 2019 model that just failed.
If QLEDs are known to be more reliable, that would save me $70 on an extended warranty. A 58″ F30 is currently $20 cheaper than a 55″ F50.
What is the monthly cost for Netflix etc…