Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition charges more for less

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Cecilia Poole | 08 November, 2017, 00:23

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition can now be availed from Amazon.com and locally in other countries such as Canada, Spain, and France.

What has changed is the Basic Edition's remote, which no longer has the Alexa voice control integration that the previous generation's remote included. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25, but only for customers in the US.

It's essentially the standard Fire TV Stick but without Alexa voice command support. It's called the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and it costs about $50.

The default language for Fire TV Stick Basic Edition can be set to French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or English. The new $50 media streaming device will allow the user to stream a huge selection of media from the Amazon Prime Video service, which was opened up to an additional 200 markets worldwide past year.

In addition to Prime Video, the 32-gram dongle can stream content from Netflix, YouTube and "over 4,000 apps and games across more than 100 countries and territories". We've heard of new offers from the top e-commerce site and here's another one: the latest Fire TV Stick.

To be clear, if you live in a market where Amazon does provide Alexa-based products, like the United States, you're better off with a Fire TV that does support Alexa. Alexa-enabled devices aren't available yet in many parts of the world which is the reason why Amazon may have made a decision to not include it on the Basic Edition, as pointed out by TechCrunch. The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is capable of outputting at 720p and 1080p resolution at frame rates up to 60 fps, so no 4K here.

The media player is powered by a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM "for a fast and fluid streaming experience", while it includes 8GB of storage to download apps and games, over 802.11ac Wi-Fi. This may explain why it costs more than the regular version of the Fire TV Stick, which now sells for $39.99.

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