Amazon announces $50 4K-capable Fire TV Stick

Believe it or not, 4K content is becoming more and more common, and lately, 4K streaming devices have become very affordable.

Today, Amazon announced the latest addition to its streaming media Fire TV lineup, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

It features a new 1.7GHz processor, which is a faster chip than the 1.5GHz silicon in the 2017 Fire TV. There's 8GB of storage built into the device. The Fire TV Cube will also include Amazon's new Alexa remote. Last month, for instance, Roku unveiled new 4K devices starting at just $39.99 - $10 more if you want the voice remote.

Pre-order the Fire TV Stick 4K here, and the new Alexa Voice Remote here.

"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 of Amazon Fire TV, in a statement.

If you're more interested in the new Alexa Voice Remote it comes with, though, it's available alone for $29.99, or with the Fire TV Cube for $119.99.

Previously, the Fire TV Stick had a price tag of $40 (£40) and only offered 1080p, with no HDR support.

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. In Japan, you can pre-order it right now but it won't ship until sometime by the end of the year. The Apple TV 4K does support Dolby Vision, but it's an outlier.

The remote is compatible with all Fire TV devices available in India. All Fire TV devices have come with the original wand-shaped, microphone-equipped Alexa Voice remote for a while, and this represents the first significant update to the device.

It will begin shipping on October 31 in the U.S. and Canada. It will then make its way to the United Kingdom, Germany, and India on November 14.


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