Amazon has announced a new HDMI streaming device called the Fire TV Stick, and it’s actually already available for pre-order for a price of $39. Amazon Prime subscribers can make use of a special pricing on the stick for only $19, but this is valid just for the next 48 hours. It comes with most of the features of Amazon Fire TV, but is cheaper than the previously announced $99 streaming box.
Amazon’s new streaming stick is a take on Google’s Chromecast stick and Roku’s Streaming Stick, which are some of the most popular solutions currently available. Unlike Chromecast, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick won’t require another device to use it, besides the remote that it comes with included. Let’s have a look at the main tech specs of the device:
- Dual-core processor (Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9)
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB of storage
- Bluetooth 3.0 and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)
- Type A HDMI 1.4b output and 1 Micro USB for power only
- Video: H.264
- Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
- Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
The Amazon Fire TV Stick has 4 times the storage and tw times the memory of Chromecast, plus a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory, so you get some nice specs in a tiny device. Let’s hope that this doesn’t put the recently announced $25 Matchstick Firefox OS streaming stick in the shade, because it seemed like a nice device at the time.
With the new Amazon Fire TV Stick, you can stream movies and TV shows in up to 1080p HD and enjoy rich surround sound with Dolby Digital Plus. Here’s a comparison with Google’s Chromecat and Roku’s Streaming Stick, as well.
The Fire TV Stick comes with the same user interface as the Fire TV and has support for all of the current content channels on the Fire TV. You play some games on the stick, but those that require more controls wont’ work. The remote doesn’t have the same voice search functionality as the Fire TV remote. There’s also a free voice search Android app that can be used to search for content,
The new stick is compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse