Amazon is serious about its TVs. The new Fire TV Omni QLED series promises better picture quality and features than the company’s existing TVs, and includes a new “ambient” experience that uses sensors to detect your presence in the room.
All of this has a price aimed directly at mid-range models from established brands such asTCL and . The new models were announced as part of the Amazon device event on Wednesday. The Fire TV Omni QLED series comes in two sizes – the 65-inch model for $ 800 and the 75-inch model for $ 1,100 – and is now available for pre-order.
Your TV knows you’re here
Just like the existing onesnew models respond to hands-free, but they go one step further. “When not streaming, the Omni QLED series uses built-in presence sensors to detect when a person enters a room and switches to a beautiful and informative environment,” says an Amazon press release. If that sounds scary, you are not alone.
When the sensors detect that you are in the room, the screen lights up to show graphics, widgets or other content. The art comes from a collection of 1,500 photos and works of art, and includes the collections of the National Gallery of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. And unlike Samsungall art is free on Omni QLED. If you don’t want it to show graphics, the TV can also display your own photo collection.
The TV can also display a range of widgets, such as calendars, reminders, sticky notes or message headers, as well as control smart home devices such as thermostats and Ring tones. You can also ask the TV to play music, with or without the screen on.
The system is able to understand the context of the environment. It will turn on automatically during the day, for example, but not at night. You can use a physical switch on the TV to disconnect the microphones. There is also a do not disturb function that turns off ambient operation at certain times, and a menu setting to turn off presence detection entirely. Amazon claims that it does not detect the identity of the transmitted data regarding the use of this feature.
The ambient experience on the Fire TV Omni QLED is similar to the modes on Samsung and LG TVs, both of which display on-screen graphics and widgets when the TV is turned off, but with the added automation of presence sensors. The idea of a TV that detects your presence is also nothing new –for example, as a way to save energy – but none of these TV makers have the same kind of AI and database as Amazon Alexa.
Image enhancement kit
Even if you choose to turn off all ambient features, Omni QLED can still be attractive in terms of image quality. Are equippeda feature that usually improves and by independently controlling the brightness in different areas of the screen. The number of zones controls how precise the dimming can be, and while more zones don’t necessarily mean better picture quality, w it usually helps. The Omni QLED has 80 zones on the 65-inch model and 96 zones on the 75-inch model, which is more than for example, but less than .
““stands for the quantum dots that enable the television to achieve and brightness compared to other TVs, although Amazon does not provide a brightness specification on the . Omni QLED supports most HDR types, including which uses an ambient light sensor to adapt the image to different lighting conditions.
Game features include operationand . Unlike some mid-range TVs, it does so it cannot take advantage of the highest quality With and .
Omni QLED hasbuilt-in streaming system. It comes with the standard voice remote, not the company’s new Voice Remote Pro. Amazon is also not making any changes to its existing Fire TV Omni and 4-Series TVs, which remain on sale.
Separately, Amazon also announced a new oneupdated and a feature that adds a Fire TV streaming menu as well .
The Fire TV Omni QLED series is coming in October.
Price: 65 inches, $ 900; 75 inch, $ 1,100
Release date: October 2022
Omni versions of QLED Fire TV Omni not only update to QLED screens compared to the current Omni, but have sensors that detect when you are in the room to trigger the display of graphics, widgets or other content.