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Fire TV Stick 4K Max 2nd Gen (2023) vs 2021 Fire TV Stick 4K Gen 1 Max – More powerful MediaTek MT8696T chipset & WiFi 6E

Fire TV Stick 4K Max 2nd Gen (2023) vs 2021 Fire TV Stick 4K Gen 1 Max – More powerful MediaTek MT8696T chipset & WiFi 6E

Even though I personally use the Nvidia Shield Pro, I have always been a big fan of the Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and I still use them for the kitchen and bedroom TVs. As good as the Shield is, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is much better value for money.

Amazon has now announced the latest Fire TV Stick 4K Max, upgrading the original Max in 2021. They have also announced the new Fire TV Stick 4K – 2nd Gen, which upgrades the original 4K model from 2018.

As you’d expect, there is a big improvement in performance and the Fire TV Stick 4K Max – 2nd Gen (2023) will likely be the product I recommend to most people wanting a good quality streaming device.


Amazon Introduces Next-Generation Fire TV Sticks with Enhanced Features and Sustainable Design

Fire TV Stick 4K Max - Fire TV Stick 4K Max 2nd Gen (2023) vs 2021 Fire TV Stick 4K Gen 1 Max – More powerful MediaTek MT8696T chipset & WiFi 6E

Amazon has rolled out a comprehensive update to its Fire TV family of streaming devices. The line-up now includes the all-new Fire TV Stick 4K Max and the updated Fire TV Stick 4K, each bringing a host of improvements. Let’s dive into the details to examine what these updated models offer.

All-New Fire TV Stick 4K Max: A Leap in Performance and Features for £69.99

Fire TV Stick 4K Max UI - Fire TV Stick 4K Max 2nd Gen (2023) vs 2021 Fire TV Stick 4K Gen 1 Max – More powerful MediaTek MT8696T chipset & WiFi 6E

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2nd Gen) represents Amazon’s top-of-the-line streaming stick, featuring a multitude of upgrades aimed at enhancing user experience. At the core of the device is an upgraded 2.0 GHz quad-core processor that makes it Amazon’s most powerful streaming stick to date.

Wi-Fi 6E Support

This new device is the industry’s first streaming stick to support Wi-Fi 6E. Provided you have a compatible router, this feature offers smoother streaming experiences, lower latency, faster speeds, and reduced interference from other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Visual and Audio Upgrades

The device supports 4K Ultra HD along with various HDR formats such as Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Audio-wise, it includes support for immersive Dolby Atmos audio, offering a cinematic experience.

Enhanced Storage and Remote Control

With 16GB of storage, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max offers twice the storage capacity of its predecessor, enabling you to store more apps and games directly on the device. It’s also the first in the Fire TV Stick line-up to feature the Alexa Voice Remote Enhanced, which comes with dedicated channel buttons and a “Recents” button for quicker access to the most-used apps or channels.

Fire TV Ambient Experience

The Fire TV Ambient Experience was previously exclusive to the Fire TV Omni QLED Series but has now been extended to the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. This feature transforms your TV screen into an art display. Amazon has even added hundreds of new pieces of artwork from international artists, with selections from iconic institutions like Musée d’Orsay and Museo del Prado.

Beyond art, the Ambient Experience also offers functionality like Calendar and Reminders, Sticky Notes, and control over smart home devices. Music streaming services like Amazon Music and Spotify are also integrated.

All-New Fire TV Stick 4K: Robust 4K Streaming for Under £60

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The updated Fire TV Stick 4K also offers significant improvements. It now features a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, a nearly 30% boost in power compared to its predecessor. The device supports Wi-Fi 6, 4K Ultra HD, and various HDR formats, making it a well-rounded option for those looking for performance without breaking the bank.

Sustainable Design

Both new Fire TV Stick models carry the Climate Pledge Friendly badge, which signifies they have achieved the Carbon Trust’s Reducing CO2 certifications. The materials and design aspects have been focused on sustainability, including 99% wood-fibre-based packaging from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. Additionally, a Low Power Mode helps to conserve energy during periods of inactivity.

Pricing and Availability

Both devices are now available for pre-order. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is priced at £69.99, and the updated Fire TV Stick 4K is available for £59.99.

In summary, these latest additions to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick family offer compelling upgrades in performance, user experience, and sustainability. With a variety of price points and features, there’s likely an option that suits your streaming and smart home needs.

Fire TV Stick 4K Max  2nd Gen (2023) vs Fire TV Stick 4K Max – 1st Gen (2021) vs Fire TV Stick 4K – 2nd Gen (2023) vs Fire TV Stick 4K – 1st Gen (2018) Specifications Compared

2023 Fire TV Stick 4K MaxAmazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
2021
Fire TV Stick 4K – 2nd Gen (2023)Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
1 Gen 2018
ProcessorMediatek MT8696TMediaTek MT8696Mediatek MT8696DMediaTek MT8695
CPU4x ARM Cortex – A55 up to 2.0 GHz4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz4x ARM Cortex – A55 up to 1.7 GHz4x ARM Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz
GPUGE9215 up to 850 MHzIMG PowerVR GE9215
@ 750Mhz
GE9215 up to 650 MHzIMG PowerVR GE8300
@ 650 MHz
RAM2GB LPDDR42GB2GB LPDDR41.5GB
Storage16 GB8GB8 GB8GB
HDMIHDMI 2.1 output with ARC input supportHDMI 2.1 output with ARC input support
Picture QualityUp to 4K UHD (3840×2160)Up to 4K UHD (3840×2160)Up to 4K UHD (3840×2160)Up to 4K UHD (3840×2160)
Dolby VisionYesYesYesYes
HDR
HDR10
HDR10+
HLG
Dolby Vision
HDR10
HDR10+
HLG
Dolby Vision
HDR10
HDR10+
HLG
Dolby Vision
HDR10
HDR10+
HLG
Dolby Vision
Remote Alexa Voice Remote Enhanced 3rd-Gen Alexa Voice Remote2nd-Gen Alexa Voice Remote
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6E tri-bandWi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 5
Ethernet No – 10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
No – 10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
No – 10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
No – 10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
OSFire OS 8
Android Level 30 (Android 11)
Fire OS 7
(Android 9)
Fire OS 8
Android Level 30 (Android 11)
Fire OS 6
(Android 7.1)
Video Decoding Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision support for Profile 4-MEL, 5, 8, 9. (Up to Level 9 for profiles 5 and 8. Up to Level 5 for Profile 9)
H.265 (HEVC). Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60 fps, 35 Mbps, Main 10 Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG
H.264. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60 fps, 20 Mbps, High 10 Profile Level 5.2
H.263. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 30 fps, 6 Mbps, Profile 0 Level 70
VP8. Supported up to 1080p 30 fps. Baseline profile, non-secure
VP9. Hardware accelerated up to 4K @ 60 fps, Profile 2 up to 30 Mbps
MPEG-2. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 60 fps
MPEG-4. Up to 1080p @ 30 fps, Simple and Advanced Simple Profiles Level 5, non-secure
AV1. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60 fps, 100Mbps, Main Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG
Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision support for Profile 4-MEL, 5, 8, 9. (Up to Level 9 for profiles 5 and 8. Up to Level 5 for Profile 9.)
H.265 (HEVC). Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60fps, 35 Mbps, Main 10 Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.
H.264. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60fps, 20 Mbps, High 10 Profile Level 5.2
H.263. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 30fps, 6 Mbps, Profile 0 Level 70
VP8. Supported up to 1080p 30fps. Baseline profile, non-secure
VP9. Hardware accelerated up to 4K @ 60fps, Profile 2 up to 30 Mbps
MPEG-2. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 60fps
MPEG-4. Up to 1080p @ 30fps, Simple and Advanced Simple Profiles Level 5, non-secure
AV1. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @60fps, 100Mbps, Main Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.
Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision support for Profile 4-MEL, 5, 8, 9. (Up to Level 9 for profiles 5 and 8. Up to Level 5 for Profile 9)
H.265 (HEVC). Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60 fps, 35 Mbps, Main 10 Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG
H.264. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60 fps, 20 Mbps, High 10 Profile Level 5.2
H.263. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 30 fps, 6 Mbps, Profile 0 Level 70
VP8. Supported up to 1080p 30 fps. Baseline profile, non-secure
VP9. Hardware accelerated up to 4K @ 60 fps, Profile 2 up to 30 Mbps
MPEG-2. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 60 fps
MPEG-4. Up to 1080p @ 30 fps, Simple and Advanced Simple Profiles Level 5, non-secure
AV1. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60 fps, 100 Mbps, Main Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG
Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision support for Profile 4-MEL, 5, 8, 9. (Up to Level 9 for profiles 5 and 8. Up to Level 5 for Profile 9.)
H.265 (HEVC). Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60fps, 35 Mbps, Main 10 Profile Level 5.1, Color space 8-bit and 10-bit input with HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.
H.264. Hardware accelerated up to 3840x2160p (4K) @ 60fps, 20 Mbps, High 10 Profile Level 5.2
H.263. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 30fps, 6 Mbps, Profile 0 Level 70
VP8. Supported up to 1080p 30fps. Baseline profile, non-secure
VP9. Hardware accelerated up to 4K @ 60fps, Profile 2 up to 30 Mbps
MPEG-2. Hardware accelerated up to 1080p @ 60fps
MPEG-4. Up to 1080p @ 30fps, Simple and Advanced Simple Profiles Level 5, non-secure
Audio CodecsDolby MAT transcoding for Streaming application
AC3 (Dolby Digital) / EAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus) / Atmos(DDP+JOC) / AC4(Atmos) / Dolby TrueHD (Atmos)
MPEG-H passthrough
AAC Profile (AAC LC). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
MPEG-4 HE AAC Profile (AAC+). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
MPEG-4 HE AACv2 Profile (enhanced AAC+). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
xHE-AAC (enhanced HE-AAC). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
FLAC. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit (no dither for 24 bit)
MIDI. MIDI (Type 0 and 1), DLS (Version 1 and 2), XMF, and Mobile XMF. Ringtone formats RTTTL/RTX, OTA, and iMelody
MP3. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels in DSP (16-bit and 24-bit) and software (16-bit)
Vorbis. Ogg (.ogg), Matroska (.mkv).
PCM/Wave. Up to 192kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
AMR-NB. Supported
Opus. Up to 8 channels, 48 kHz
Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC). Up to 48kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit. Dolby Atmos is available on select Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ titles when connected to compatible equipment.
AC3 (Dolby Digital). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus). Up to 48kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
AAC-LC. Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
HE-AACv1 (AAC+). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
FLAC. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit (no dither for 24 bit)
MIDI. MIDI (Type 0 and 1), DLS (Version 1 and 2), XMF, and Mobile XMF. Ringtone formats RTTTL/RTX, OTA, and iMelody
MP3. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels in DSP (16-bit and 24-bit) and software (16-bit)
Vorbis. Ogg (.ogg), Matroska (.mkv).
PCM/Wave. Up to 96kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
AMR-NB. Supported
Opus. Up to 8 channels, 48 kHz
Dolby MAT transcoding for Streaming application
AC3 (Dolby Digital) / EAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus) / Atmos(DDP+JOC) / AC4(Atmos) / Dolby TrueHD (Atmos)
MPEG-H passthrough
AAC Profile (AAC LC). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
MPEG-4 HE AAC Profile (AAC+). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
MPEG-4 HE AACv2 Profile (enhanced AAC+). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
xHE-AAC (enhanced HE-AAC). Support for up to 8 channels from 8 kHz to 48 kHz
FLAC. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit (no dither for 24 bit)
MIDI. MIDI (Type 0 and 1), DLS (Version 1 and 2), XMF, and Mobile XMF. Ringtone formats RTTTL/RTX, OTA, and iMelody
MP3. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels in DSP (16-bit and 24-bit) and software (16-bit)
Vorbis. Ogg (.ogg), Matroska (.mkv).
PCM/Wave. Up to 192kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
AMR-NB. Supported
Opus. Up to 8 channels, 48 kHz
Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC). Up to 48kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit. Dolby Atmos is available on select Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ titles when connected to compatible equipment.
AC3 (Dolby Digital). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus). Up to 48kHz, 8 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
AAC-LC. Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
HE-AACv1 (AAC+). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+). Up to 48kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
FLAC. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit (no dither for 24 bit)
MIDI. MIDI (Type 0 and 1), DLS (Version 1 and 2), XMF, and Mobile XMF. Ringtone formats RTTTL/RTX, OTA, and iMelody
MP3. Up to 48kHz, 2 channels in DSP (16-bit and 24-bit) and software (16-bit)
Vorbis. Ogg (.ogg), Matroska (.mkv).
PCM/Wave. Up to 96kHz, 6 channels, 16-bit and 24-bit
AMR-NB. Supported
Opus. Up to 8 channels, 48 kHz
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2 + BLEBluetooth 5.0 + LE.Bluetooth 5.2 + BLEBluetooth 5.0 + LE.
Dimensions
99 x 30 x 14 mm
99 x 30 x 14mm99 x 30 x 14mm