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New Amazon Fire TV Stick 2Today, 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.

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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.

New Fire TV Stick 2 Alexa RemoteThe 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.

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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

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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.

 

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2016-12-28T21:45:27+00:00 By |Fire TV|16 Comments
  • Barry Davis

    New stick is 1GB memory vs 2GB for the box. How would the additional memory help? I’m not a gamer and currently have the box version of Amazon Fire.

    • Hi Barry, one of the big benefits of increased ram is the option to have Kodi Media Center use the ram to download some of the video to which helps wit buffering. Also, helps with system processes in the background making the Fire TV quicker.

  • I just preordered because you said it was a good deal and I believe you.

    • Bert, I pre-ordered too so we are in the same boat. Thanks for being a subscriber and Fire Unleashed Member!

  • Stu Sil

    I understand there is some litigation pending to ban the box.

    • Stu, there is a lawsuit in Europe where they are going after a guy who has been selling them with all of the Kodi addons loaded up.

  • Henry Feingersh

    In addition to my 1st gen. fire stick, I have a Matricom G box Q2 and the extra ram really doesn’t seem to make a difference. Could that be due to my fast internet connection with a very good signal? If so, I will save money by buying the new firestick instead of investing in another android box.

  • Kyle

    What do I have to get for live tv on Kodi and how?

  • David Brunton

    hi troy, as i am from the u.k & as yet this new stick is not on the uk amazon site, i would like to know if the
    power plug on the u.s models are a 2 pin plug or 3 pin as is the standard for all electrical devices in the u.k,
    it would be pointless for me to pre-order from the us amazon site if the power plug is not a 3 pin plug, i would like to order the new stick but may need to upgrade to the fire tv box as i do not know when new stick
    will be available in the u.k, for the price i think the new stick is a bargain & being quad core will be more
    reliable for use with Kodi, your advice will be greatly appreciated.
    many thanks David.

  • Joe Mahoney

    My max wireless speed download is 2.8 will fire stick work at this speed

  • Blake

    Is this new firestick better than the fire tv?

    • No, Fire TV is still more powerful.

  • Benjamin M Gier

    This new version isn’t going to stop people from installing kodi is it? I want to buy one but I’m hesitant as installing kodi is the only reason I even want a fire stick.

    • No, you can still install Kodi on Fire TV Stick 2.

    • Jason c

      Na and im doublevision if u wnna try my build i still got my holiday special going. Email me jason.dv87@gmail.com