Amazon has once again made waves in the tech world by unveiling New Fire TV Sticks at a grand event.
A few days ago I posted a YouTube video about this announcement and what to expect.
Both devices promise enhanced performance and WiFi capabilities, but how do they stack up against their predecessors? Let’s dive in.
Amazon Announces New Firesticks
The 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K
- Performance Boost: Powered by a MediaTek MT8696D quad-core 1.7GHz CPU and an IMG PowerVR GE9215 650MHz GPU, Amazon claims a nearly 30% performance improvement over the previous model.
- RAM Upgrade: The new model boasts 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a step up from the 1.5GB in the older version.
- WiFi 6: The addition of 802.11ax WiFi 6 ensures a more robust and faster internet connection than the 802.11ac WiFi 5 in the previous model.
- Video Capabilities: The new Fire TV Stick 4K retains the video capabilities of its predecessor, supporting 4K @ 60fps video playback and top HDR formats. A new addition is the support for AV1 video decoding.
However, Amazon missed a trick by not increasing the internal storage.
The device still offers only 8GB, a common complaint among Fire TV users.
The 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max
- Superior Performance: This model has a MediaTek MT8696T quad-core 2GHz CPU and an IMG PowerVR GE9215 850 MHz GPU, making it the most powerful Fire TV Stick ever.
- WiFi 6E: An upgrade from the previous model’s WiFi 6.
- Double the Storage: Addressing a common grievance, Amazon has doubled the internal storage to 16GB, aligning it with the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube.
- Video and HDR: Like its sibling, the 4K Max supports all top 4K video formats and HDR versions.
Fire TV Stick Software and Extras
Both devices will ship with Fire OS 8, based on Android 11.
This is a significant upgrade from the outgoing models, which ran on older versions of Android.
The Fire TV Stick 4K Max gets an edge with the “enhanced” Fire TV Alexa remote, which was previously exclusive to Fire TV Smart TVs.
This remote offers additional functionalities like channel up/down buttons, a settings button, and a recent button for quick access to recently opened apps and content.
Exclusive to the 4K Max is the Fire TV Ambient Experience, turning your TV into a visual delight by displaying art, photos, and widgets like news and weather.
This feature was previously limited to Amazon’s Omni QLED Series Fire TVs.
Pricing and Availability
The 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K is priced at $49.99, while the 4K Max comes in at $59.99, a slight increase from its predecessor.
Both are available for pre-order and will hit the shelves in October. A cherry on top? A free 6-month subscription to MGM+ with every purchase.
New Amazon Firesticks – Final Thoughts
Amazon’s new Fire TV Sticks promise a lot, especially in terms of performance and WiFi capabilities.
While the unchanged storage in the 4K model is a letdown, the 4K Max seems to address most user concerns.
With competitive pricing and the latest software, these devices are set to be a hit among streaming enthusiasts.
Whether you are upgrading or buying for the first time, Amazon’s latest offerings seem worth the investment.
For more information on Amazon’s new Fire TV Sticks, refer Amazon’s official press release.
For more helpful Firestick tutorials, check out our popular guides below.
Amazon Announces New Fire TV Sticks FAQs
What are the new Fire TV Sticks that Amazon has announced?
Amazon has announced two new Fire TV Sticks: the 2nd gen Fire TV Stick 4K and the 2nd gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
What are the key features of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max?
The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the most powerful Fire TV streaming stick yet. It features a new quad-core processor that is 40% faster than the previous generation, as well as Wi-Fi 6 support for faster and more reliable streaming. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max also supports Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio for an immersive entertainment experience.
When will the new Fire TV Sticks be available?
The new Fire TV Sticks are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping on October 26, 2023.
How much do the new Fire TV Sticks cost?
The 2nd gen Fire TV Stick 4K costs $49.99, and the Fire TV Stick 4K Max costs $59.99.
What are some of the benefits of using a Fire TV Stick?
Fire TV Sticks offer a number of benefits, including:
- Access to a wide variety of streaming apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and more.
- Voice control with Alexa, so you can search for content, control your TV, and more using your voice.
- Affordable pricing.
- Easy setup and use.
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