Add to all of that Alexa integration either via Amazon's new-and-improved Amazon Alexa Voice Remote or Echo device - and an unbelievable low sticker price of $49 (around £39, AU$68) - and you have a potentially strong contender for king of the streaming stick wars when Fire TV Stick 4K becomes available on October 31 in the USA and Canada and November 14 in the UK, Germany and India.
The new Fire TV 4K Stick supports Alexa voice commands by pressing a button on the remote control - hands-free when paired to an Echo device with built-in microphones.
The new Fire TV Stick 4K features a 1.7GHz quad-core processor which is said to offer faster content streaming.
Per usual, there's not much in the way of ports on the Fire TV Stick. It also sports dedicated power, volume, and mute buttons in addition to voice control support for finding content. The Alexa Voice Remote is said to support Bluetooth, multidirectional infrared technology along with cloud-based service. Our new quad-core processor delivers a fast and fluid experience and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ provides an wonderful picture. It's the newest update to its best-selling Fire TV stick and, according to the company, 80 percent more powerful. Meanwhile, the new Alexa Voice Remote ($30) is also available for pre-order as a standalone unit with support for the previously released Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Cube, and Amazon Fire TV (3rd Gen, Pendant Design). "Alexa Voice Remote" lets users use their voice to quickly find the content they want", Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV said in a statement. It will land in the United Kingdom on the 14th of November. The same shipping timeline goes for the single Alexa Voice Remote.