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. It also offers support for Dolby Audio and provides 1080p streaming, according to Amazon.
The launch comes nearly a year after Amazon opened up its Prime Video streaming service to more than 200 countries, having been restricted to just a handful of locations until then. Along with Prime Video, the device also streams content including movies and TV shows from Hulu, YouTube and Netflix.
The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition sells for $49.99 (on the USA site, at least) and is available to purchase as of writing in more than 100 countries around the globe. Unlike its higher-end sibling, the basic edition will not come with Alexa support. They're available in the USA and United Kingdom, and the retail giant recently released the Echo in India (in English only).
Users will be able to set their language with a choice of Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, German, or English included. In addition, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition will be coming soon to Brazil and Mexico. Now, they can watch Prime Video on the big screen with the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The stick reportedly runs on Fire OS 5, which is based on the three-year-old Android Lollipop. Called the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, the new $49.99 streaming stick comes with most of the same bells and whistles except for Alexa voice support.
Unhelpfully, Amazon hasn't made it easy to check which markets the Fire TV Stick is available in at a glance. Whether or not that price hike is worth paying is ultimately up to you, but if you decide you want it, the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is available now from Amazon. That device is available for pre-order now and slated to begin shipping on October 25 for customers in the US.