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Today, Amazon announced its New Fire TV Stick 2 which will provide some nice enhancements with the same price tag of only $39.99. This device will be shipping on October 20th and you can pre-order by using the link below.
The new Fire TV Stick 2 will come with a quad-core processor, which is a nice upgrade from the dual-core processor on the current device. In my opinion, this is the best feature update that the new Fire TV Stick will receive. This new processing power will definitely provide us Kodi users with a snappier experience which should be very noticeable. The new processor within the new Fire TV Stick 2 will be the MediaTek Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz.
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Another nice feature upgrade is the Wi-Fi improvement. One of the biggest complaints that you currently hear from Fire TV Stick users is the lack of Wi-Fi strength within the current Amazon Fire TV Stick. The new Fire TV Stick 2 will support faster Wi-Fi (2X2 802.11ac MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac).
For those of you Alexa fans, you will be happy to see that the new Fire TV Stick 2 comes with an Alexa Voice Remote, which will be a nice replacement to the cheap remote that comes default on the first generation device.
The new Alex remote allows Fire TV Stick 2 owners to launch and control content with the remote by simply speaking into the microphone on the remote. The remote also works well when searching for various items that you would normally search the Internet for. My kids will spend hours on the couch asking Alexa some pretty crazy questions and they they die laughing when they hear her answers.
For those of you who currently own an Amazon Echo, you will be very familiar with the commands that you will be able to use on the New Fire TV Stick 2 Alexa Remote. Alexa is considered the brains behind the Amazon Echo so it is kind of like having two products within one.
New Fire TV Stick 2 Does Not Support 4K
Unfortunately, the New Fire TV Stick 2 will still not support 4K videos but that is probably to be expected with the low price tag and small design. I personally do not get too caught up in the difference between 4K and 1080p video so this is definitely not a deal-breaker for me.
New Fire TV Stick 2 Specs
Size: 3.4″ x 1.2″ x 0.5″ (85.9 mm x 30.0 mm x 12.6 mm)
Weight: 1.1 oz. (32.0 g)
Processor: MediaTek Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz
GPU: Mali450 MP4
Storage: 8 GB internal
Memory: 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
Voice Support: Yes, with Alexa Voice Remote (included) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire, Android, and iOS)
Game Controller Support: Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and most games are compatible with other Bluetooth controllers
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Ports: HDMI output, Micro USB for power only
Audio Support: Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported: Video: H.264 1080p30H.265 1080p30,
Audio: AAC-LC, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (eAAC+), AC3 (Dolby Digital), eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MIDI, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, AMR-NB, AMR-WB
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements: High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility: Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse, and others.
Warranty and Service: 90-day Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 2-year and 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the Box: Fire TV Stick, Alexa Voice Remote, USB cable and power adapter, HDMI extender, 2 AAA batteries, Quick Start Guide
Please let us know in the comments if you will be purchasing a New Fire TV Stick 2 and tell us why or why not.