Amazon introduces Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote in India

The all-new Alexa Voice Remote with Fire TV Stick 4K
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05 October, 2018

The potential benefits of a 4K HDR streaming stick more or less speak for themselves.

The Fire Stick 4K, as the name suggests, is capable of showing UHD pictures, which will come as a relief for many users of Prime Video, as a lot of its original shows are filmed in the new format.

The new Fire Stick also includes support for Dolby Atmos sound, which allows users to simulate audio in a 3D space (rather than divvying up that audio in separate channels). That's one up on the rival £70 Google Chromecast Ultra dongle (which only has 4K and HDR), although next week's Google event could bring the Chromecast line up to speed. The updated Fire TV Stick is $10 more expensive than previous generations, but for the price hike, you are getting a lot of new things. There's still support for far-field voice recognition which was added to the Fire TV a year ago, letting you control your content with Alexa by pairing the Fire TV Stick 4K with any Echo device.

In addition to facilitating voice commands, the Alexa Voice Remote also features features dedicated power, volume and mute buttons for controlling compatible TVs, soundbars and receivers.

The new Fire TV Stick will be available for $49.99 and start shipping at the end of this month in North America.

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The new Alexa Voice Remote looks great - I appreciate its use of buttons and analog directional pad.

All of this is powered by a new quad-core CPU and a faster 802.11ac wireless connection using a new antenna system.

A Fire TV Recast bundle including the Fire TV Stick 4K, recently unveiled DVR, and a 35-mile HD antenna can also be purchased in exchange for $249.97, while a Fire TV Stick 4K/ Echo Dot combo now fetches $79.98. You can club your Echo speaker with the Fire TV and browse content hands-free.

Sadly for me, this makes it a non-starter. I just need my apps and services to work - I'm a YouTube addict.

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