Amazon’s 2nd-gen Fire TV box is 75 percent faster, adds support for 4K video playback, and includes support for Alexa voice assistant features. And just like last year’s model, the new Amazon Fire TV sells for $100.
The new Fire TV is available for pre-order immediately and it starts shipping on October 5th.
The new model features a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor with support for HEVC video playback at 1080p or 4K resolutions.
Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage for apps, games and other data, and a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of removable storage.
Like the original Fire TV, the new box ships with a Voice Remote, allowing you to control media playback with buttons or to tap the mic button to search by voice. But you can also now use the same Alexa voice assistant features available for the Amazon Echo.
Among other things, you can ask Alexa to play music, check sports scores or schedules, provide weather forecasts, or find or control media playback.
Alexa isn’t exclusive to the new Fire TV: the feature is baked into Fire OS 5, which will roll out to 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices soon.
Amazon is also introducing a new $140 Fire TV Gaming Edition bundle. For $140 you get a 2nd-gen Fire TV, a game controller, a 32GB microSD card, and two games; Shovel Knight and Disney’s DuckTales.
Want something a bit cheaper? You can still buy a Fire TV Stick for $40 or pay $50 for a Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote.
Up until now Amazon had sold the Stick for $39 and the Voice Remote was an optional $30 accessory. Now you can save some money when buying the bundle… but if you’ve already got an original Fire TV Stick there’s no reason to buy a new one. Amazon hasn’t updated the hardware and you can still buy a Voice Remote separately.