Amazon released the all-new Fire TV Stick, and the Fire TV Stick Lite on September 24, 2020. There are now four (4) different Fire TV streaming devices on the market if you include the Fire TV Stick 4K Fire TV Cube. Amazon has priced each device to provide you convenient media streaming entertainment. What’s the difference between the all-new Fire TV Stick and the all-new Fire TV Stick Lite. What about the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube? We’re going to do some work to figure out the value of each Fire TV device. Which is the best Fire TV Stick? Let’s do our New Fire TV Stick Comparison.
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All-new Fire TV Stick Lite
The Fire TV Stick Lite is like the mini-me of all media streaming entertainment. You plug in the adapter to the HDMI port and use your remote for full HD video and entertainment. The Amazon Fire TV Stick lite costs $29.99 and gives you access to a full range of Fire TV streaming essentials and entertainment. The Fire TV Stick Lite remote does not come with power or volume up or down buttons, but you can request Alexa to turn up/down the volume or turn off the device with your voice command. The Fire TV Stick Lite is an Alexa Voice Remote. You can also control the Fire TV Stick Lite with the Fire TV app. I think we can overlook the power and volume buttons for $29.99.
The Fire TV Stick Lite supports HDMI pass-through Dolby Atmos Audio and provides up to 1080p Full HD.
The Fire TV Stick Lite supports dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0. This means that you can connect the Fire TV to most Bluetooth speakers headphones, video game controllers, and other Bluetooth devices. The big update is the addition of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication. The BLE addition is most likely Amazon’s way to prepare us for Amazon Sidewalk or the Connected Home over IP (CHIP) communication standard.
All-new Fire TV Stick
Amazon states that the All-new Fire TV Stick is 50% more powerful than it’s predecessor. The all-new Fire TV Stick supports HDR and Dolby Atmos support. However, Amazon says that the new Fire TV Stick also uses 50% less power than the previous Fire TV Stick. The new Fire TV Stick also has an Alexa voice remote control with power and volume buttons included. The all-new Fire TV Stick is $39.99.
The all-new Fire TV Stick supports full HDR 10 video with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital+ surround sound.
The Fire TV Stick also has dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. Amazon has also added Bluetooth Low Energy communication – again, most likely to get ready for a whole new world of using the Fire TV system to manage the smart home. The Fire TV Stick Alexa Voice Remote has IR to work as a universal remote control for many IR-enabled devices. This feature comes in handy to control appliances such as fans and electric fireplaces, and other entertainment devices.
Fire TV Stick 4K
Ok, let’s start talking about the Fire Stick 4K. Amazon didn’t announce any updates to the Fire Stick 4K since 2018. The Fire Stick 4K is an upgrade from the Fire TV Stick, providing you media streaming in 4K UHD vs. HD. The Fire TV Stick 4K costs $49.99, only $10 more than the all-new Fire Stick TV. The Fire TV Stick 4K’s major competitor is the Google Chromecast Ultra, which costs $69.
Video and Audio
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K looks like it didn’t need the upgrade, since it provided 4K UHD. It was ahead of its time back in 2018. I guess the Fire TV Stick 4K is not obsolete. The Amazon Fire Stick TV 4K boasts Dolby Atmos 7.1 Surround Sound capability.
The Fire TV Stick 4K comes with the same network capabilities as the all-new Fire TV Stick; Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The Fire TV Stick 4K Alexa Voice Remote can also use IR to manage IR-enabled devices in the home.
Fire TV Cube
When the Fire TV Cube came out in 2018, it blew people’s minds because it essentially allowed you to control your audio/visual receiver with your voice. The Fire TV Cube became the hub to manage all your entertainment devices in one. Alexa was able to control your TV, soundbar, A/V receivers, satellite boxes, and provide you with 4K video and surround sound. You could ask Alexa to manage all these entertainment devices for $119. With the power behind the Fire TV Cube, you could use the built-in speaker to manage your Alarm system, smart cameras, thermostats, light switches, and more.
Video and Audio
The Fire TV Cube provides 4K Ultra-Definition 2160p at 60Hz. Dolby Atmos 7.1 Surround (2 channel) audio is also available.
The Fire TV Cube is capable of controlling a wide range of IR-enabled devices, soundbars, satellite boxes, and A/V receivers. It also uses dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and BLE technology. However, you can also hardwire ethernet into the back of the Fire TV Cube.
All-New Fire TV Stick Lite, All-New Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Stick 4K Comparison
Four different Fire TV Devices. What’s the Difference? Let’s talk about the differences between the three (3) Fire TV Sticks, then talk about the Fire TV Cube.
Here are the main differences between Amazon’s three Fire TV Stick Devices.
Processing Power: The all-new Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick boast 50% more processing power than it’s predecessor. This means that the all-new Fire TV Stick and Lite version is ready for the new gaming (Luna) and streaming options that Amazon is planning to give you soon. It will work better and faster than ever before. So, if you don’t need the 4K, then you’re going to get faster response time from the all-new Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick.
Alexa Voice Remote Control
Alexa Voice Remote: The all-new Fire TV Stick Lite does not have the same Alexa Voice Remote Control as the new Fire TV stick and Fire TV 4K remote. It’s missing the Power and Volume buttons. But you can still use your voice. The all-new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K have IR control, so you can use the remote to control IR-compatible devices like your entertainment center or other IR-compatible devices.
Audio: Fire TV Stick Lite has what we call HDMI-passthrough tech. Meaning if your video does not support Dolby, then you’re not going to get it through the Fire TV Stick Lite. However, if you have the Fire TV Stick and 4K version, you’re going to get full support for Dolby Atmos sound.
Video: The all-new Fire TV Stick Lite and all-new Fire TV Stick give you HD video, whereas, the Fire TV Stick 4K provides 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD).
User Interface: The all-new versions of the Fire Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick have Amazon’s newest interface called Streaming Essentials. It’s Amazon’s slick new way to access all your entertainment. This is not on the Fire TV Stick 4K.
Connectivity: Amazon upgraded the Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick to have dual-band WiFi and BLE. This means that you can use the 5GHz band to help stream your video at the highest possible quality and connect to all your other smart entertainment devices.
Price: The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is $29.99, whereas, the all-new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV 4K (2018) is $39.99 and $49.99 respectively.
The Differences between the Fire TV Cube and the Fire TV Stick(s)
The Fire TV Cube is a different device altogether than the Fire TV Stick form factor. The Fire TV Cube is meant to be the hub of your entertainment area. The Fire TV Cube is 4K enabled and supports Dolby Vision video and Dolby Atmos 7.1 Surround Sound. These are all upgrades to the Fire TV Sticks.
The Fire TV Cube also has a built-in smart speaker so you can call on Alexa to help you manage your smart home even when the TV is off.
The Fire TV Cube has an IR blaster that can help control your Satellite, A/V Receiver, Soundbars, and your TV. If you can’t do that, most Bluetooth speakers work with the Fire TV Cube.
So, the special note here for the Fire TV Cube: is that for $119.99, you can get a built-in smart speaker that can manage the smart home and your entertainment experience in one device.
I hope this helps you with your Fire TV experience. There is so much more you can do with the Fire TV. You’ll find out more about it in the ‘Hidden Tips and Tricks For your Amazon Fire TV’ video below: