Today Amazon has announced its second-generation Fire TV Stick. This streaming dongle comes with improved innards compared to its predecessor, as well as a smaller initial price.
The new Fire TV Stick boasts a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, the Mali-450MP4 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, support for 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, as well as H.265 (HEVC) playback capability. Its resolution still maxes out at 1080p, so no 4K here just yet.
The dongle comes with a voice control remote that’s powered by the Alexa digital assistant. The stick has universal search results from over 90 channels and apps, and you can access “over 7,000 apps, games, and Alexa skills including Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, YouTube, Amazon Video, NBC, WatchESPN, Disney, and more”.
The new Fire TV Stick is now up for pre-order, priced at $39.99. It will be out on October 20.