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Amazon has just announced a hardware upgrade to its Fire TV Stick. At first glance, the new device looks just like its predecessor, but the newer iteration does come with a few surprises.

For starters, the all-new Fire TV Stick features an Alexa Voice Remote. This is not really an evolutionary change, in and of itself, as we have seen the same accessory come to the 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick. The good news is that Amazon is no longer charging an extra $10 for adding the improved remote (they did with the previous generation Fire TV Stick). Now you can grab the streaming device and its Alexa-powered remote for the usual $39.99.

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Aside from the inclusion of the Alexa Voice Remote, the new Fire TV Stick has also received a 30% bump in performance. Said unit features a quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and up to 1080p video output.

Amazon also touts “the fastest WiFi of any streaming media stick”. This is mostly thanks to the stick’s dual-band, dual-antenna, 802.11ac (MIMO) support.

Interested? You can pre-order the new Amazon Fire TV Stick now, but the release date is set for October 20th. And there is an enticing reason to make your purchase ASAP, as Amazon is also offering $65 in free goodies to customers who activate the device before October 31st. This includes one month of Sling TV, two months of Hulu (with limited commercials) and a $10 credit for purchasing content.

Are any of you buying it?

Edgar Cervantes
Edgar Cervantes has over 5 years of experience in tech journalism. Exploring the latest gadgets and constantly studying the industry are part of is daily drive.