Amazon crams 4K, Alexa and Dolby Vision into its new 4K Fire TV Stick

More features than you can shake a new Alexa remote at

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick offers 4K

Thought the onslaught of new Amazon devices was over? Think again. Amazon’s just announced its new Fire TV Stick 4K, which also crams in Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and HDR-10+.

Until now, only the standard Fire TV box and Fire TV Cube have offered 4K, with the cheaper Fire TV Stick lacking in UHD. Amazon’s keeping the basic Fire TV Stick available for $40, but for an extra $10 you can now get 4K as well as Dolby goodness. Kevin Bacon might describe it as a no brainer.

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Amazon says it’s also wrapped in a new quad core processor which should speed up the usual Netflix browsing routine and shorten load times. Furthermore, Amazon claims to have invented “an entirely new” antenna technology that will make 4K streaming smoother even when the rest of the household members are leeching off the Wi-Fi.

Along with the stick you’ll also get the new Alexa remote, which includes a microphone so you can boss Amazon’s assistant around without leaving the couch. That means you can ask Alexa to seek out specific shows and movies, or get it to turn your smart lights off. The remote is functionally similar to the one on the Fire TV Cube, but has been blessed with a new volume rocker and mute button. There's a new blue LED on the top right of the remote too, which signals Alexa is ready.

Amazon crams 4K, Alexa and Dolby sound into its new 4K Fire TV Stick

And of course you have access to the growing gamut of apps on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, including access to live TV through apps like Hulu and Prime Video channels. You’ll also be able to use the stick with Amazon's new Fire TV Recast box to watch and record over-the-air programming.

Support for Dolby Vision (a high dynamic range format for producing better images) and HDR10+ (a competing but essentially similar technology) is a particular boon for this affordable streaming stick, so long as you have a TV set to support them.

The Fire TV Stick 4K is available for pre-order now for $49.99 and will ship on 31 October in the US, arriving a little later in the UK on 14 November. Amazon's offering a deal on the new stick with an Echo Dot for a total of $79.98, should you want another way to control your TV with Alexa.


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