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The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company's office in Bengaluru (REUTERS)
The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company's office in Bengaluru (REUTERS)

Amazon announces cheaper Fire TV Stick Lite, new Fire TV Stick starting at 2999

  • Amazon’s Fire TV Stick dongles are amongst the best selling devices for the company in India
  • They turn existing televisions into smart, connected TVs as long as an HDMI port is available

Amazon announced two new Fire TV Stick dongles at its annual hardware event today. The new devices include an updated version of the existing Fire TV Stick and a Lite version, which will be more affordable. Both products are available for pre-order in India right away and will be shipping from next week. While the Fire TV Stick is priced at Rs. 3999, the Fire TV Stick Lite will be sold at Rs. 2999.

The difference between the two new Fire TV devices lies in the fact that the Lite doesn’t support Dolby Atmos audio and its remote won’t be able to control your TV. The Alexa Voice Remote Lite, which comes with the Fire TV Stick Lite will not be able to turn your TV on or off, and it won’t be able to control volume on your TV either. That’s a pretty small compromise, given that streaming resolution remains the same for both the dongles.

Amazon says both support high-dynamic-range (HDR) playback and Full-HD streaming. However, the Fire TV Stick also supports 5GHz WiFi networks, which technically allow more stable streaming quality. Whether it makes a noticeable difference though is yet to be seen. The company also claims that the new Fire TV Stick consumes 50% less power than the older generation.

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick dongles are amongst the best selling devices for the company in India. They turn existing televisions into smart, connected TVs as long as an HDMI port is available. The company also sells a 4K version of these in India, which allows users to stream content at 4K resolution.

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