Amazon announces $50 4K-capable Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote

You can say "Alexa, show me 4k TV shows" or "Alexa, watch Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" to get started. Additionally, it's the first of Amazon's Fire TV Sticks to feature Dolby Vision.

"Over 80 percent more powerful than the best-selling Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K features a new quad core, 1.7GHz processor, delivering a fast streaming experience, quicker load times, and brilliant picture quality. "Alexa Voice Remote" lets users use their voice to quickly find the content they want", Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV said in a statement.

Saying "find 4K movies" into the Alexa-powered remote should bring up "thousands" of Ultra HD titles. Amazon will also be selling the Alexa Voice Remote on its own for $29.99 - you can pre-order it here. The company will also include the new remote with the Fire TV Cube, and it is backward-compatible with existing Fire TV streaming devices.

HAS announced the latest version of its wildly popular Fire Stick, the dongle that makes any television both smart and Amazon-themed. Notably, Amazon launched the Alexa Voice Remote at a standalone price of Rs 1,999, but the new 4K model comes bundled with the remote itself. "The team also invented an entirely new antenna technology and combined that with a powerful 802.11ac WiFi chip that optimises for a more seamless 4K UHD streaming experience". Both will begin shipping on October 31 in the U.S. and Canada. It won't arrive in the UK, Germany or India until 14 November, however. At the time, Amazon and Toshiba said that the extra buttons were added after owner feedback, though it seemed a little odd that they didn't then carry that over to Amazon's own Fire TV line-up. While that device didn't support Dolby Vision, Amazon claims that its customers preferred the stick design.

Both devices will be available for pre-order today, and they will start shipping on October 31st.

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