Amazon has launched a new Fire TV Stick that will give Google’s $35 Chromecast a run for its money. The Chromecast was introduced last year and last month Google unveiled a set top box called the Nexus Player that costs $99.
The Chromecast became a hit among consumers because it provided affordable media streaming. Now Amazon has entered the market with its own Fire TV Stick which is more powerful than the Chromecast.
This Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick has a dedicated VideoCore 4 graphics processor, 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. It is powered by a dual core processor with six times the processing power of the Roku Streaming Stick. Its internal memory is 32 times that of Roku streaming stick and 4 times that of Chromecast, and its RAM is twice that of Chromecast.
The Stick has a dual-band dual-antenna WI-Fi (MIMO) which supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ networks. It has Bluetooth 3.0 with support for HID, SPP and HFP.
The Fire TV Stick has its own UI and is able to store apps. It is also able to mirror whatever is on your Fire tablet or phone on your HDTV.
Fire TV Stick has its own dedicated remote control. But for those who want to navigate from their mobile devices, there is a free Fire TV Remote App available for Fire and Android devices. The app for iOS will be availed soon.
Amazon’s Fire Stick is sold at $39 and is currently available for pre-order. If you are Amazon’s Prime member you can get the stick for just $19 for the first two days. It is expected to ship beginning November 19.
The Fire Stick connects to the HDMI port of your TV. It streams media from Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Music, Hulu Plus, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and much more. The Stick is great for gaming too. It has with over 200 playable games on it.