Amazon has launched a new Fire TV Stick which is more affordable at just $50 but gets rid of the Alexa Voice AI for international markets, because the technology is yet to be supported in some regions.
Compared to the original which is more expensive at $70, the new edition offers 1080p videos and a new remote which doesn’t have the microphone button to call in Alexa voice AI for support. However, it is aimed at customers worldwide who have access to Amazon Prime Video and retail services but are not interested in using the Voice AI or it is yet to be made available.
In terms of specs, the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition features,
- 3GHz Mediatek quad core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8 GB storage space for apps and games
- Supports 1080p, 720p video output in 60 FPS
- Dolby Audio with 5.1 surround and 2 channel stereo
- HDMI audio pass with support for 7.1
Buyers living in all countries can purchase the new Fire TV Stick for $49.99 from Amazon.com. However, the product will be available for people in Canada, Italy, Spain and France only through their local Amazon website. It is not available for Japan, Singapore and India right now because the previous Fire TV Stick with Alexa is already launched in these markets. The new model will be made available in at least 100 markets to reach more customers and bring Prime Video to the top against competitors like Netflix.