About two years after the introduction of its first key, updates the Amazon Fire TV Stick with a new model with a newer processor, next-generation wireless connectivity and a remote control with built-in microphone to support Alexa voice commands. The only thing that remains unchanged is the price: the new Amazon Fire TV Stick is on pre-order at the time at about $ 40, with shipments as of October 20, virtually no more or less than what you would spend for the first version and even the cheaper package Fire TV Stick + Voice Remote.
If Amazon had simply touched up the price of its streaming media, the new model would be convenient result, but considering that Roku has updated its entry-level PC Mini and Google will do it soon, the hardware refresh of Fire TV Stick was probably must.
Amazon Fire TV Stick (2016)
Amazon has indeed improved the technical specifications of its new key: the last Fire TV Stick integrates a module WiFi 802.11ac 2 x 2 MIMO (rather than WiFi 802.11n), a quad-core MediaTek 8127D 1.3GHz processor with ARM MAli -450 MP4 instead of the dual-core chip, with support for HEVC video streams. Still it lacks the ability to manage content in 4K, but it’s probably a choice dictated by the idea of proposing an economic stick and underpowered for multimedia activities unpretentious (for everything else there’s Fire TV). The data sheet also provides 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, HDMI and micro USB port for power. According to allegations made by the American company, support for Ethernet networks is optional via a USB-Ethernet adapter.
The new Fire TV Stick measuring 85.9 x 30 x 12.6 mm and weighs about 30 grams, while the remote uses two AA batteries measuring 149 x 38 x 17.7 mm and weighs 68 grams. The stick works with thousands of applications, games and channels, including Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and HBO (but not Google Play Movies) while the remote control allows you to search by voice commands, play content and have their questions answered.
In the US, customers who purchase and activate a Fire TV Stick (2016) by 31 October will receive a credit of $ 10 to spend on Amazon Video and other offers worth a total of $ 65, including credits for new subscriptions Hulu and Sling TV. The Fire TV Stick is available in USA, UK and Germany.