Amazon's streaming software powers new smart TVs

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Element Electronics has begun taking pre-orders on Amazon for its line of 4K Ultra HD Amazon Fire TVs.

In my short time trying it out, Amazon and Element's collaboration appears well-executed, but whether consumers are willing to buy the Edition for its live TV and input integration features, over more established (or cheaper) TV sets is another question altogether.

Overall, at least from a very limited first impression, we have to call these new Amazon Fire 4K TVs a pretty decent deal.

According to Amazon, Element's new Fire TV-based products will be released on June 14.

The interface of the TV is virtually identical to that of a Fire TV box or stick, save for a few differences. "With the Voice Remote with Alexa, customers cannot only change channels, launch apps, and search or switch inputs with simple voice commands, but they can also ask Alexa to read and display sports scores, dim the living room lights, see Yelp restaurant reviews, and even order a Domino's pizza", said Sung Choi, vice president of marketing, Element Electronics. The folks at Element Electronics are bringing the first 4K televisions with Amazon Fire TV Edition innards to the market. Originally announced in January, the company has kicked off pre orders on four smart TVs by Chinese manufacturer Element Electronics, including a 43-inch model for $449, a 50-inch model for $549, a 55-inch model for $649, and a 65-inch model for $899.

Since the TV comes with 16GB of internal storage, you can also pause and rewind live TV from your antenna.

Speaking of which, the TV offers a solid mix of ports. That said, with such a low price it may be worth picking up this Smart TV now, and adding a set-top box later once the set's software updates end. Seiki was originally slated to also have a Fire TV model but will no longer, she confirmed. In terms of ports and connectivity you get four HDMI 2.0 ports, one Component/Composite, one RCA input, an Ethernet jack, an optical out port, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Those who are more security-conscious may find this a blessing, but people who want the convenience of not having to speak into a remote control to use a voice assistant will be disappointed.

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