Roku releases new streaming stick with quad-core processor
Roku released a new streaming stick for pushing online content onto a larger television screen. This Roku Streaming Stick replaces the 2014 version, and it comes with upgraded hardware to provide the same streaming features. The new stick now comes with dual-band MIMO antenna and an updated quad-core processor. It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (5GHz and 2.4 GHZ).
Roku said that the new stick has eight times the processing power of its previous version (Roku 4), and more processing power than the Amazon Fire TV stick and Google’s Chromecast. They promised smooth and responsive navigation to your selection between multiple content providers, including popular options such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.
Even with the upgraded hardware, the Roku Streaming Stick is smaller in size with its thumb drive-like body. It still works by plugging itself into the HDMI port on your existing television, and it can stream content up to 1080p. There’s no support for 4K video – you’d have to get the Roku set-top box instead.
Just like before, the new stick comes with its own remote, and Roku moved the private listening feature onto Wi-Fi, where your show’s audio will stream via your smartphone. To do so, you will need the updated version of Roku’s app for Android and iOS. The older Roku 4 also had private listening, but you would have to plug your headphones into the remote itself.
The new Roku Streaming Stick can be ordered via their website at US$49.99 (~S$67.50), and the first units will be shipped out at the end of April 2016.