Amazon today announced the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is, according to the online retail giant, the most powerful streaming stick currently available. The stick is the successor of the Fire TV Stick from 2017 and is the first of its kind that supports Ultra HD/4K video, Dolby Atmos 3D sound and all major HDR standards, being Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 and HDR10+.
The stick will become available in the United States around October 31st this year. In the United Kingdom they have to wait a little longer, there the stick will become available by November 14th. It’s currently already available for pre-order.
It will retail for $49.99 in the US and £49.99 in the UK. Amazon claims the Fire TV Stick 4K its 80% more powerful than it’s predecessor. This is possible thanks to a new 1.7Ghz quad-core CPU that should ensure smooth streaming, fast load times and excellent image quality. Also, the Wi-Fi has been updated with new antenna technology and a new powerful 802.ac WLAN chip.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K provides access to tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills as well as more than 500,000 movies and serie episodes from services like Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access and Netflix. The stick also runs Firefox or Amazon Silk, which means users can access millions of websites such as YouTube, Instagram, Reddit or Facebook. Through Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn, users can listen to all kinds of songs, playlists, internet radio stations and podcasts.
The stick comes with a new Alexa voice remote control which combines Bluetooth, multi directional infrared and Alexa to control compatible TVs, soundbars and receivers.