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Amazon announces 4K version of its Fire TV Stick

Amazon announces 4K version of its Fire TV Stick

The new Fire TV Stick 4K features a 1.7GHz quad-core processor which is said to offer faster content streaming. It's the newest update to its best-selling Fire TV stick and, according to the company, 80 percent more powerful.

Another big change with the updated Fire TV Stick is in the remote - it finally includes a power button and volume controls, which have always been a top request from many users.

"Plus, the all-new Alexa Voice Remote lets you control your entertainment experience and use your voice to quickly find the content you want".

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That's an incredibly comprehensive list of features for a product sold at $49.99 with an "all-new" Alexa Voice Remote thrown in for no extra charge. As for the Alexa support on Fire TV devices, Amazon says that you can easily find, search and control movies, TV shows and apps. The Fire TV Cube will also include Amazon's new Alexa remote.

"We've listened to our customers and pushed to deliver the complete 4K solution they are looking for, all within a compact stick form factor", said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. It comes with 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ titles support, which will appeal to a lot of content viewers out there.

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K ($50) is now available for pre-order.

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The new peripheral sports Bluetooth and multi-directional infrared, allowing viewers to control televisions, home audio systems, and satellite boxes with a single remote. It will also be compatible with the earlier Fire TV stick and will be available as a standalone remote for Rs 1,999. Units are set to start shipping on October 31.

Amazon has launched an upgraded version of its Fire TV stick in India. It won't arrive in the UK, Germany or India until 14 November, however.

The 4K-enabled Amazon Fire TV Stick is scheduled to begin shipping stateside on October 31, although it might be wise to pre-order and make sure you receive your unit as soon as possible.

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