Walmart releases new 2023 Onn 1080p Streaming Stick running Google TV for just $14.88

Walmart has unceremoniously released its 2nd-generation Onn Streaming Stick with a staggeringly low price of $14.88. This new 1080p streamer is a replacement to the first Onn Streaming Stick which debuted in 2021 for just under $25 but quickly dropped to just under $15, which is where it spent most of its availability. While the Onn 4K Streaming Box for $19.88 released earlier this year is certainly the better buy for not much more money, the new Onn Streaming Stick is a worthy upgrade over the previous model.

Much like the latest Onn 4K Streaming Box, the biggest upgrade found with the new 2023 Onn Streaming Stick compared to the outgoing model is its switch from the older Android TV interface to the new Google TV interface. The new model runs Android 12 under that newer skin, compared to Android 10 on the first version. While that upgrade is to be expected, a surprising upgrade is the increase from 1GB of RAM on the old model to 1.5GB on the new model. That’s very impressive at this price point when the 1080p Fire TV Sticks only have 1GB of RAM at twice the price.

Powering the new Onn Streaming Stick is an Amlogic S805X2 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, which is the same chip used in Google’s Chromecast HD at twice the price. While that’s a decent little upgrade over the Amlogic S805Y quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz in the old model, it doesn’t really translate into too much of an improvement in raw performance, likely due to the performance-killing overhead of Android 12. Geekbench 4 benchmark scores show the new model with an average single-core score of 664 and multi-core of 1,841. Comparing that to the old model’s average single-core score of 612 and multi-core score of 1,673, you’re looking at an improvement of 8.5% for the single-core benchmark and a 10% improvement for the multi-core benchmark.

Unsurprisingly, as with all of Onn’s streamers, you still only get 8GB of internal storage with the new Onn Streaming Stick. It does, however, now support AV1 video decoding. You still get HDR10 support included and, while there’s no mention of it on Walmart’s site, I expect the new model now also supports HDR10+, since the Chromecast HD does with the same hardware, but don’t expect Dolby Vision support. The included remote is still the same Google-designed G10 reference remote, which gets the job done nicely thanks to TV power, volume, mute, and input buttons.

While the new 2nd-gen Onn Streaming Stick from Walmart might seem like a very tempting buy, especially at the unbeatable sub-$15 price point, if you’re thinking of picking one up, you really should consider the Onn 4K Streaming Box instead for just $5 more. With the box, you get a better processor and more RAM which provide better performance over the new Onn Streaming Stick, and you get 4K capabilities.

9 comments
  1. Brett says:

    No Dolby Vision? Gonna stick with the FireTV for now, then.

  2. John Lovell says:

    When will the new oo n stick be available I n the uk.

  3. Rik Emmett says:

    Can you control the browser with the remote like on the fire tv?

  4. Bill Clay says:

    Elias, do the new ONN streaming stick and the ONN 4K box still suffer from the audio bug of the older ONN streaming stick? I seem to recall one of your previous reviews mentioned an audio bug of some sort, present in the older ONN stick(s).

  5. Doug g says:

    how does this stack against the fire tv suite of offerings

  6. Mr Weird says:

    Not a good number, 1488 is a white nationalist coded number.

    • Red says:

      They’ve had increased the price to $17.50.

      Really no reason to buy vs. the box unless you must have stick format vs. box for some reason or really can’t spare the $2.38 (+tax on the difference).

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