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Is the new Chromecast with Google TV any better than Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K?

Google recently launched its Chromecast, which is bundled with Google TV. Let’s see if it can compete with the Amazon device once it arrives in India.

Google recently launched its all-new Chromecast with Google TV. The device, which will come in a new design, will also have a new UI and remote control.

The voice-enabled remote control supports Google Assistant and it also helps users pull up camera feeds on their television screens with a voice command. The remote has hotkeys to Netflix and YouTube.

The device supports 4K HDR at up to 60fps along with Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, DTSX and h.265 streams. Apart from BlueTooth, the Chromecast with Google TV has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity.

You can get the all-new Chromecast for free if you sign up to YouTube TV along with one month’s subscription fee. This entire deal would cost you $64.99, whereas it would cost you only $49.99 for just the Chromecast. Indian customers will have to wait a while before the device is available in the country. The device will be available in three colours — Sky, Snow and Sunrise.

Chromecast vs. Fire TV Stick 4K

Let’s compare the newest versions of the two leading streaming devices in the market:

Price: Yet not available in India, the Chromecast is priced at $49.99 in the US, which is approximately Rs 3,700. The Fire TV Stick 4K, which is in fact available in India, is priced at Rs 5,999.

Specifications: The new Chromecast has a 1.9GHz quad-core Amlogic CPU coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB storage, of which 4.4GB will be available for users. Whereas, the Fire TV Stick 4K has 1.7GHz quad-core CPU along with 8GB storage. Both the devices support 4K, HDR 10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision in addition to Dolby Atmos.

App support: Both the Chromecast and the Fire TV Stick 4K have most of the popular OTT platforms including Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, ZEE 5, and many more. The only difference is that the Fire TV Stick 4K provides access to its own app store, whereas the new Chromecast has access to the Google Play Store.

Form factor and connectivity: The new Chromecast comes with a hanging HDMI cable so that it does not hinder the other HDMI ports behind the TV, along with USB-C port for power. On the other hand, the Fire TV Stick 4K is shaped like an internet dongle, but it also comes with an HDMI extender and a Micro USB port.

Sampurna Maity
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