Comparing Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Cube Device Specs

Now that there are two new Amazon Fire TV models in the form of the 3rd-generation Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick Lite, here is a comparison of all of the device characteristics and specifications for the entire Fire TV lineup, including the Fire TV Stick 4K and the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube.

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  Fire TV Stick Lite Fire TV Stick 3 Fire TV Stick 4K Fire TV Cube 2
Price$29.99$39.99$49.99$119.99
ReleasedSept 30, 2020Sept 30, 2020Oct 31, 2018Oct 10, 2019
Video Resolution1080p @ 60fps1080p @ 60fps4K @ 60fps4K @ 60fps
HDR TypesHDR10,
HDR10+,
HLG
HDR10,
HDR10+,
HLG
HDR10,
HDR10+,
HLG,
Dolby Vision
HDR10,
HDR10+,
HLG,
Dolby Vision
Video DecodingH.265 (HEVC),
H.264 (AVC),
VP9,
VP8,
MPEG-4,
MPEG-2
H.265 (HEVC),
H.264 (AVC),
VP9,
VP8,
MPEG-4,
MPEG-2
H.265 (HEVC),
H.264 (AVC),
VP9,
VP8,
MPEG-4,
MPEG-2
H.265 (HEVC),
H.264 (AVC),
VP9,
VP8,
MPEG-4,
MPEG-2
Audio DecodingStereo,
PCM
Stereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos
Stereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos
Stereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos
Audio PassthroughStereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos,
DTS (Various)
Stereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos,
DTS (Various)
Stereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos,
DTS (Various)
Stereo,
PCM,
Dolby Digital,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Atmos,
DTS (Various)
CPU ModelMediaTek
MT8695D
MediaTek
MT8695D
MediaTek
MT8695
Amlogic
S922Z
CPU Cores4-Core4-Core4-Core6-Core
CPU Speed4x 1.7 GHz
Cortex A53
4x 1.7 GHz
Cortex A53
4x 1.7 GHz
Cortex A53
4x 2.2GHz
Cortex A73,
2x 1.9GHz
Cortex A53
GPUIMG PowerVR
GE8300
IMG PowerVR
GE8300
IMG PowerVR
GE8300
Mali
G52 MP4
RAM1GB DDR41GB DDR41.5GB DDR42GB DDR4
WiFi802.11 b/g/n/ac
2x2 MIMO
802.11 b/g/n/ac
2x2 MIMO
802.11 b/g/n/ac
2x2 MIMO
802.11 b/g/n/ac
2x2 MIMO
Ethernet10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
10/100 External
(Sold Separately)
10/100 External
(Included)
Bluetooth5.05.05.05.0
Internal Storage8GB8GB8GB16GB
External StorageNative Support
via USB OTG
Native Support
via USB OTG
Unofficial Support
via USB OTG
Native Support
via USB OTG
Remote Type
Alexa Voice Remote Lite

Alexa Voice Remote

Alexa Voice Remote

Alexa Voice Remote
Basic Remote ButtonsD-Pad, Select, Home, Back, Menu, Play/Pause, RWD, FFWDD-Pad, Select, Home, Back, Menu, Play/Pause, RWD, FFWDD-Pad, Select, Home, Back, Menu, Play/Pause, RWD, FFWDD-Pad, Select, Home, Back, Menu, Play/Pause, RWD, FFWD
Device Control Buttons-Power,
Volume Up,
Volume Down,
Mute
Power,
Volume Up,
Volume Down,
Mute
Power,
Volume Up,
Volume Down,
Mute
Extra Remote ButtonsVoice,
Live Channel Guide
VoiceVoiceVoice
Operating SystemFire OS 7
(Android 9)
Fire OS 7
(Android 9)
Fire OS 6
(Android 7.1)
Fire OS 7
(Android 9)
Architecture32-bit32-bit32-bit32-bit
Included AccessoriesHDMI ExtenderHDMI ExtenderHDMI ExtenderEthernet Adapter,
IR Repeater
Extras---Farfield Mics, Built-in Speaker, Built-in IR Blaster

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44 comments
  1. clocks says:

    Disappointing tbh. Really wanted a faster stick. Nice break down of the product line though.

  2. Raul says:

    Was waiting for a better upgrade, I’m still using FireTV 1st-Gen box because it has an optical audio out, and the FireTV 4K 3rd-Gen dongle, don’t see the need to upgrade to anything else with current offerings.

  3. Steven Ellis says:

    It would be great to see an OS update to Android 9 for the 4k stick.

    Any chance you can add a comparison against the older FireStick and the older pendant 4K FireTV model.

  4. 666 says:

    The Fire Stick 4K must have the OS updated to Fire OS 7, it would be absurd otherwise. Just hope the Cube 1st gen gets it as well.

  5. AFTVUser says:

    Yeah, so far as Amazon devices go, performance-wise, the Fire TV Cube 2 is still very much in a league of its won, benchmarking very close to the acknowledged speed-demon Nvidia Shield (may need to translate): https://aftvhacks.de/benchmark-test-des-fire-tv-cube-2-schnellstes-fire-tv-aller-zeiten/

  6. Manuel O'Kelly says:

    Thanks a lot for this breakdown, it’s the number one thing I was looking for after the announcement.

    Would love to see ARM core type added to tables for future comparisons (A53, A72, etc.).

    Thanks for the great articles today!

  7. EmoBrianEno says:

    Thanks Elias, very informative. I always thought the Cube 2 was 64 bit architecture but I guess since it runs a 32 bit OS it is technically 32 bit architecture?

    • They’re all 64-bit capable hardware running a 32-bit OS. The main reason for this is that a 32-bit OS uses about 100-200MB less memory than a 64-bit OS. While a 64-bit OS would perform maybe 1-5% better than a 32-bit OS, the minor improvement is not worth the RAM hit on low memory devices like these.

      • Laju8 says:

        Why is it so hard to add one additional gb of ram and move from 8 gb to 16 gb?

        • tmcb82 says:

          It’s not about difficulty, it’s about money. I’m sure they must hit a certain price point.

          • Yup. It’s about finding the right balance of specs that fit into the desired price. If you increase it from 1GB to 2GB of RAM and from 8GB to 16GB of storage, something else has to be removed. A 2GB/16GB Stick for $39.99 would probably mean, at the very least, that you lose TV controls on the remote and you get a weaker CPU/GPU. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have the better remote and CPU than the increased RAM and storage.

        • Red says:

          They should do it. List price $49.99, “sale” price $39.99 with the occasional hot deal at $30-$35.

          • EmoBrianEno says:

            I can’t imagine it would raise production costs by very much, $5 maybe $10 per unit at the most. Flash memory is getting ridiculously cheap 32 GB thumb drive under $10 is standard fare. I have a feeling the cache size of the new gaming service will put nearly all devices past the 500 mb of available space threshold resulting in frequent notifications to delete apps to make room and thus providing a poor end user experience. I can only imagine the fix will cost Amazon more in the long run.

  8. Martin Phillp says:

    Going by those specs, I’d just stick to the 4K Firestick for when you upgrade to a 4K tv set.

  9. Matthew the frog says:

    I could have sworn that one of my devices was 64-bit.. must have been the Fire TV 2. It could not do HDR, but could do 4k.

    Why does a 1080p max device support HDR?

  10. Tom says:

    How are these new devices an improvement over the current fire sticks?

    • Better CPU/GPU, faster memory, HDR10/HDR10+, Dolby (DD, DD+, Atmos) decoding, External storage support, $10 cheaper for the Lite.

      • Britt says:

        From the chart you posted, the new Firesticks have exactly the same CPU/GPU and yet LESS memory and LESS HRD options and LESS video resolution than the Firestick 4k. I totally don’t understand these “NEW” products. Offering less instead of more. Exactly the opposite of what I had hoped for.

        • Pablo says:

          They aren’t supposed to replace the Firestick 4k, which is only a couple of years old, they are to replace the standard Firestick which came out in 2016.

  11. Danbobbb says:

    Thanks for this Elias. Good to have you back. Is there any indication that the 4k stick will be updated to have native expandable storage?

  12. Aryan says:

    Hi,Can anyone help me just bought a fire stick 2nd gen can i install fire os 6 or 7 android tv using flash or the andoid tv home laucher

  13. Aaron says:

    This was extremely helpful! Thanks for putting it together. I’m curious what’s meant by “Unofficial Support
    via USB OTG” for the 4k unit. Does that mean it works and just isn’t documented? Or is some modification of the device required to take advantage of the extra space?

    • With the Fire TV Stick 4K, if you connect a USB drive via an OTG cable, the drive is mounted fine, but the OS does not acknowledge it. This means that you can access files on the drive from within any apps, but you can’t do things like move apps to the external drive or mount/unmount/format the drive using the Fire TV settings menu. There are hacks with ADB commands that allow you to move apps to external storage on the Fire TV Stick 4K, but it’s not simple, like it is with native support in the OS on the new Sticks and the Cube.

      • Aaron says:

        Exactly what I was looking for, thanks! Fingers crossed 4k units receive the OS7 update, which, given the nearly identical specs, seems like a given.

  14. Garth Manter says:

    Android 9… out of the box.

    Is there a chance for older fire tv devices to upgrade or is it just the possible fire OS that’s going to update…?

    • Rik Emmett says:

      I think too many devices would get bricked by updating the OS. Many people power their stick with the USB port on their TV which gets turned off when the TV is turned off. If the device is turned off during an OS update, then it’s likely to be bricked.

  15. Gary Townsend says:

    Here’s a somewhat specific question, if anyone knows the answer. I have the original FireTV (first gen I believe), and 3 FireTV 4k sticks. I also subscribe to Hulu Live for my OTA TV. On the original box, when I pull up the guide in Hulu, it is translucent and overlays the currently playing video which you can see behind the guide and sound continues. The 4k sticks do not do this, and I can find no setting to make them do this. On the 4k sticks, when you pull up the guide, video and audio playback stops and you just have the guide. Is the original FireTV really that much more powerful that it can do this and the newer 4k sticks can’t?

    • The Fire TV Stick 4K is more powerful than the Fire TV 1 in most ways. I believe the Fire TV 1 GPU might be slightly more powerful than the Fire TV Stick 4K’s GPU at certain tasks. My guess is that Hulu isn’t basing that behavior on device performance. They’re probably changing the behavior based on something arbitrary. The Fire TV 1 runs Fire OS 5 and the Fire TV Stick 4K runs Fire OS 6. The Hulu behavior could just be based on what OS is on the device for some reason.

  16. Douglas M says:

    VERY disappointed that yet another release of Fire TV devices comes and goes without improving on the benchmark champ Fire TV 2 2015. Why are the only options an integrated speaker cube with worse performance than its older brother from 2015 or a very cheap stick with poor hardware and low memory/storage. How about you take the title away from the NVIDIA Shield series and make a box/puck/whatever with a fast CPU, 4GB RAM and 16 or 32GB storage?

    • AFTVUser says:

      The 2015 Fire TV 2 isn’t even close to being the “benchmark champ,” which the 2019 Fire TV Cube 2 lays claim to by a large margin. See my post above for comprehensive benchmarking results.

      • Rik Emmett says:

        The Fire TV 2 box has a higher single CPU core performance rating than the Fire TV Cube 2.

        • AFTVUser says:

          Although a slight single-core performance edge may be a very, very slightly good thing if you are still using some sort of device that significantly relies upon single-core performance, virtually every current device uses four or more cores (the Fire TV Cube uses and integrates six), so single-core performance is essentially irrelevant in today’s streaming environment. The Fire TV Cube 2 excels at every meaningful performance measurement and in real-world use.

  17. Derrick W says:

    Will the Fire Stick be compatible with the tv control remote?.What I mean is can you pair the tv control remote to the Firestick light?
    Also can you adapt the storage with the new Firesticks?

  18. Jorgen L says:

    Elias, this is a fantastic post.
    There is a lot of confusing information out there about atmos. I was wondering if you could add to the very informative table in your post information on Atmos.
    Atmos support Amazon Prime using 4K TV
    Atmos support Amazon Prime Using 1080 projector
    Atmos support Netflix using 4K TV
    Atmos support Netflix Using 1080 projector

    My understanding is that the Amazon Prime and Netflix apps both support atmos via Dolby Digital Plus. But maybe not if you are feeding a 1080 projector? Many of us still have 1080 projectors since the quality 4K projectors are still very expensive. I am thinking of upgrading my AVR and speaker system to support atmos, would be great to know what apps on FireTV Cube and sticks would work.

    Thank you for all your brilliant posts,
    Jorgen Lien

  19. Lucas Brown says:

    The Fire TV Stick Lite is a good and sweet deal just 30 bucks. The integration of Alexa voice commands along with the addition of the Mediatek chipset at its core makes the device a pretty easy one to work with with steady performance.

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