Amazon is preparing to ship the next generation of Toshiba-branded 4K LED-LCD Fire TVs for 2021 in five screen size models.

The C350 series lineup will include the 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes. The 43- ($369.99) and the 50-inch ($469.99) models will be available first — starting tomorrow (May 12th) — exclusively on Amazon or through Best Buy stores.

Amazon first announced the TVs through a blog last week. These are affordably priced basic- feature and performance-level televisions.

The Fire TV OS will allow connecting smart home devices including Amazon/Alexa compatible surveillance cameras to monitor activity at the front door or in a baby’s room. This is conveniently presented in an inset screen overlaying a TV programming being watched using a Live View Picture-in-Picture feature.

Amazon explained that these features can be voice activated by pressing the mic button on the Fire TV remote and triggering Alexa by saying, for example, “Alexa, preview my front door camera” to call up an inset frame over the top of a TV program to view what’s going on outside.

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Amazon said the Alexa feature will work with multiple compatible connected products using device control support to turn on/off power and volume of compatible audio/video receivers and soundbars using spoken commands.

Voice control will also work with various television picture and sound settings for easier and faster adjustments on the fly.

This year’s models add Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) support for additional security certification as specified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Other features include a Regza Engine 4K video processor, direct-lit LED LCD back lighting; 60 Hz native refresh rate panels with Motion Rate 120 processing; 2 down-firing speakers; DTS Virtual:X virtual surround sound as well as DTS-HD, Dolby Audio, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Digital Plus; Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range profile support; 4 HDMI ports including 1 with ARC; 1 set of composite inpute; 2 USB 2.0 ports; 1 Ethernet port; BlueTooth support and access to many of the most popular streaming apps including: Apple TV+, Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Paramount+, Prime Video, Sling TV, YouTube and others.

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By Greg Tarr

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