Amazon announces its second-gen Fire TV Stick

Amazon announces its second-gen Fire TV Stick

Online retail giant Amazon said in a Wednesday announcement that it will roll out the second-generation version of its Fire TV Stick next month.

Announcing the imminent launch of the updated version of the Fire TV Stick, which is Amazon's competitor to Google Chromecast, Amazon said that the new Fire TV Stick is now available for pre-order for $40. The device is scheduled to become available for purchase from stores with effect from October 20.

Though the $40 price-tag of the second-generation Fire TV Stick remains unchanged from that of its predecessor, the updated device will boast the inclusion of a redesigned voice-capable remote -- with a microphone button -- which will enable users to talk to the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

The updated Fire TV Stick will bring along a number of noteworthy improvements over its predecessor. The new device will be powered by the quad-core Mediatek 8127D chipset, in place of the first generation's dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor.

In addition, the updated Fire TV Stick will come with Bluetooth 4.1 instead of Bluetooth 3.0; and will also add support for 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi. The device will also have the capability to decode H.265 video.

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