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Amazon is coming out with a new 4K Fire TV Stick and Alexa-controlled remote

A small bump in price for a lot more power.

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On Wednesday, Amazon announced a next-generation Fire TV Stick that supports 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos. There’s also a new Alexa-based voice remote.

The Fire TV Stick 4K offers support for 4K streaming, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. It also includes faster internals thanks to its 1.7GHz quad-core processor. Amazon reports that the new stick is 80% more powerful than the original Fire TV Stick.

With the Fire TV Stick 4K, you can even get your Echo device in on the fun, as Alexa will be able to manage and control content thanks to far-field voice recognition. As Amazon explains it, your Echo device will pair with your Fire TV after asking Alexa a question that pertains to your Fire TV 4K, ” Alexa, show me horror movies on Fire TV.”

The all-new Alexa voice remote for the Fire TV Stick 4K offers dedicated buttons for power, volume, and mute. And, of course, voice control over a wide range of channels that utilize the features. There’s also an IR transmitter that lets you control soundbars, cable boxes, and AV equipment.

How much will the new products from Amazon cost?

Priced at $49.99, the new Fire TV Stick 4K is $10 more than last year’s model. For those who want to buy the new remote separately, Amazon’s making it available for $29.99. It will also ship with new Fire TV Cube purchases and is compatible with the second-generation Fire TV Stick and third-generation Fire TV.

Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV explains:

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.

Whitten went on to state that the team went through the process of creating entirely new antenna technology to make some of this possible. They then combined that with an 802.11ac WiFi chip which optimizes the Fire TV Stick for the best 4K UDH streaming experience possible.

Both the Fire TV Stick 4K and Alexa voice remote begin shipping on Oct. 31. Both are available for pre-order now.

Sounds like two great deals, no? Let us know below.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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