What appears to be a pair of new Fire TV devices have just received FCC approval, as first spotted by Janko Roettgers. Both of the two new models were submitted to the FCC by Amazon as a “Digital Media Receiver” and, while there is no explicit mention of either one being a Fire TV device, the fillings have familiar characteristics that allude to these being Fire TV Sticks. Furthermore, the two devices are variants of each other, which likely means these are either a standard model and a “Lite” model, or a standard model and a “Max” model.
The two new devices, which are very likely 2023 Fire TV Sticks, list an FCC ID of 2A4DH-6392 and model number of M3N6RA for one of the devices, while the other device is assigned FCC ID 2A4DH-6387 and model number K3R6AT. To make things easier to follow, I’ll be referring to the first as the “M” device and the second as the “K” device. The first indication that these are Fire TV devices is their “Digital Media Receiver” designation, which Amazon has used in the past for Fire TV models, but the FCC filing also lists them as being connected to a large “accessory” made by LG during testing, which is likely an LG TV or monitor, and being used with a Bluetooth accessory, which is likely the Fire TV remote.
The two devices are similar enough to be listed in the FCC as variants of one another, but are different enough to require separate FCC IDs and tests. The primary difference between these two devices that has been revealed by the FCC filing is that the “M” model is a WiFi 6 device, while the “K” model is a WiFi 6E device. Since these are very likely new Fire TV Stick models and they are variants of each other, it’s probably safe to assume they will be one of the following three possible model pairs: a 4th-gen Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max, or a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and an all-new Fire TV Stick 4K Lite model.
The current Fire TV lineup includes the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite, which were both released in 2020 and are identical to each other as far as hardware goes. They only differ by a few software differences and the remote that is bundled with each. The lineup also has the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K, which was released in 2018 and is the oldest model still being sold, as well as the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which was released in 2021.
Since these two new models support WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E, I would guess that they are 4K devices, since it seems unlikely Amazon would be able to offer the latest WiFi standard at the price point of the Fire TV Stick at $39.99, let alone the price of the Fire TV Stick Lite at $29.99. Since I’m already expecting Amazon to update the Fire TV Stick 4K this year for several reasons, I think it’s likely that one of these two new devices is a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K. That would leave the other model being either a “4K Lite” or a “4K Max” model.
The new “M” device being an all-new “4K Lite” model seems very unlikely since that would mean the new “K” device would be a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K with WiFi 6E, making it have superior WiFi compared to the existing Fire TV Stick 4K Max. A new “4K Lite” would also mean the already crowded Fire TV Stick lineup would balloon to 5 different models. While the existing Fire TV Stick 4K Max is only two years old at this point, I think it’s far more likely that it will be updated a bit early with the new “K” device, giving the Fire TV Stick 4K Max a logical progression from WiFi 6 in the existing model to WiFi 6E in the new model. That would also mean the existing Fire TV Stick 4K with WiFi 5 would be replaced with the new “M” device with WiFi 6, which also makes perfect sense.
This may be a stretch, but the model numbers of the two new models seem to also suggest that they are replacements for the existing Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max. In recent years, Amazon has been assigning model numbers that resemble the device’s codename. The 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube is codenamed Gazelle and has a model number of GA5Z9L, which includes GZL for the codename Gazelle. The existing Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max are codenamed Mantis and Kara, respectively. If these two new FCC devices are replacements for the existing Mantis and Kara devices, it may not be a coincidence that they also have MN and KR as the first two letters in their model names, M3N6RA and K3R6AT.
Amazon will be revealing new 2023 devices on September 20th, so it shouldn’t be long before we know a lot more about these two new devices.