Amazon introduced their latest 4K streaming device with Fire TV (2017) last year. The TV box was based on Amlogic S905Z, supported 4K HDR10, and was launched for $69.99.
The company also had a Fire TV stick that’s limited to 1080p, and they’ve now announced an upgrade – Fire TV Stick 4K – that support 4K Dolby Vision and HDR10+ thanks to MediaTek MT8695 SoC, and sells for just $49.99 – or $10 more than the 1080p model – with shipping expected to start by the end of the month.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K specifications:
- SoC – Mediatek MT8695 quad core Arm processor @ up to 1.7 GHz with Imagination PowerVR GE8300MP4 GPU supporting OpenGL 3.2 and Vulcan 1.1
- System Memory – 1.5 GB DDR4
- Storage – 8GB flash, no micro SD card
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0b up to 4K UHD @ 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ support.
- Video Codecs
- 10-bit H.265 up to 4K @ 60 fps (35 Mbps max)
- MPEG-2 up to 1080p60
- H.263, H.264, VP8, MPEG4 up to 1080p30
- VP9 up to TBD (but likely 4K60 + HDR support)
- Audio Features – Dolby Atmos 7.1, Dolby Audio 5.1 pass through via HDMI
- Connectivity – 802.11ac WiFi (i.e. WiFi 5) 2×2 MIMO + Bluetooth 5.0 via MediaTek MT7668, optional 10/100M Ethernet USB adapter
- USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
- DRM – Widevine L1/L3, PlayReady 3.0
- Power Supply – External PSU
- Dimensions – 90 x 30 x 14 mm
- Weight – 53.6 grams
The stick runs Fire OS 6 based on Android 7.1 (API level 25), and ships with an “all-new” Alexa Voice Remote, a power adapter, and two AAA batteries.
Via Liliputing, Anandtech, and Amazon Developer Site.
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