Amazon Announces Two New Fire TV Devices, All-New Fire TV Interface

Brenda Watkins
September 25, 2020

The $29.99 Fire TV Stick Lite offers the same performance benefits as the Fire TV Stick, and supports 1080p60 streaming with HDR.

The biggest difference from the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite is that it comes with Alexa Voice Remote Lite, which doesn't let you control power and volume on the TV. You can also pair it with an Echo speaker for hands-free TV control.

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What the company claims is the best of Echo and Echo Plus combined into a single device. It's not hard to imagine it dropping to $20 or even less during Amazon's Prime Day sale, slated for October 13. Amazon's Fire TV 4K stick was not updated at Thursday's event. According to Amazon, the Fire TV Stick Lite "gives you the most processing power in any streaming media player under $30". As you might expect, Alexa plays a significant role - with the ability to search for shows and find new movies based on genres, directors, actors and more. This makes it, as per Amazon, up to 50% faster than the previous model. It continues to compete against our favorite current 4K streamer, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, and could soon go up against Google's rumored $50 Chromecast replacement. While it doesn't support 4K, it will support 1080p at 60fps, HDR, and Dolby Atmos audio. The Fire TV Stick Lite supports 1080p streaming at 60fps and comes with an Alexa Voice Remote Lite that ditches some of the buttons on the remote for its other streaming devices. HDR promises improved picture quality with better contrast and color, but we've only tested it with 4K resolution signals so far. In a nod to its sustainability pledge, the company said the new devices would have a new low-power mode, a feature that could be rolled out to existing Fire TV devices as well. And now, when you ask Alexa a question, she won't take over the full screen - a tweak that recalls Apple's recent update to the Siri experience in iOS 14, perhaps. Zoom support is coming later this year, as is the new Fire TV user interface. Available later this year, the feature will allow you to connect a Logitech USB webcam to a Fire TV Cube for two-way video calling.

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