Amazon has announced the new Fire TV. The main feature here is support for 4K content, with the device being able to play back 4K movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video, and Prime Video. The quality of 1080p content has also improved with the new HEVC codec support, that’s also more efficient.
The new Fire TV runs on a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor that is said to have 75% more processing power than the previous Fire TV. There’s also Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO, microSD support, Amazon Mayday customer service, and Dolby Audio over HDMI and Bluetooth. The new Fire TV also comes with the new Fire OS 5 “Bellini”, that includes Alexa, Amazon’s new search assistant first seen on the Amazon Echo. The voice functionality works with Amazon’s Voice Remote.
As before, the Fire TV has support for Android games on the Amazon Appstore. You can separately purchase the wireless Fire TV Game Controller to pair with the Fire TV. Additionally, Amazon will also be selling a Fire TV Gaming Edition, that comes with the controller as standard, along with a 32GB microSD card and two free games, Shovel Knight and Disney’s Ducktales.
The new Fire TV is priced at $99.99 and the Gaming Edition at $139.99. The Fire TV Game Controller can separately be purchased for $49.99.
Amazon also announced the new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote. It’s the same Fire Stick as before but now comes with the Voice Remote so you can use Alexa to search for things instead of typing on the remote. The Fire Stick is priced at just $49.99.
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