What you need to know
- Two new Amazon Fire TV Sticks just broke cover at Amazon's big summer hardware event.
- The first new device, the all-new Amazon Fire TV brings HDR compatibility and Dolby Atmos for $39.99.
- Amazon is also bringing a Fire TV Stick Lite for $29.99.
Amazon today announced the all-new Fire TV, a new Amazon Fire TV Stick that Amazon says is a more powerful device than the older one. Specifically, it'll be 50% more powerful with Full HD streaming and HDR compatibility. There's also Dolby Atmos support for a nicer audio experience. It'll ship with Amazon's Alexa Remote with dedicated hardware buttons for key hardware functions. Amazon will price this device at $39.99 and release it "later this month."
If you'd like something cheaper, Amazon also launched the new Fire TV Stick Lite. It's still 50% more powerful than the older Fire TV Stick, and you'll find the same full-HD streaming support with HDR, but there's no Dolby Atmos support. It'll set you back $29.99 and start shipping "later this month." It'll ship with the Alexa Voice Remote Lite. Tying into Amazon's new environmentally friendly initiatives, these new products will consume 50% less power than the older Fire TV Sticks.
Amazon also announced a new Fire TV experience coming to devices later this year. It says it'll be a more personalized experience with support for up to 6 discrete profiles and a focus on Alexa for navigation.
The retail giant isn't the only large company to be releasing revamped streaming sticks this fall. Xiaomi just about launched a new Mi TV Stick last month, and Google is expected to be launching a new Chromecast with Google TV at next week's streaming event. No matter what brand you'd rather have, there's sure to be lots of options in the months ahead.
Amazon's updated Fire TV stick is twice as fast as last year's model and comes with an updated remote for easier access to TV controls. It still only does 1080p, though.
Amazon's newest HDMI dongle is its cheapest Fire TV stick ever. At $30, the Fire TV Stick Lite dispenses with the additional TV controls of its mainline counterpart, but it still gets the job done.
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