Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K powered by a MediaTek MT8695 quad-core SoC for launched for $50 about two years ago. The company has now introduced two cheaper variants with Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick powered by a similar MediaTek MT8695D quad-core processor designed for 1080p (Full HD) HDR video playback.
Both devices are basically the same for Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite goes for $29.99, and Amazon Fire TV Stick for $39.99 as the Lite version includes a cheaper Alexa Voice Remote Lite that lacks hardware buttons for controlling the volume and power on your TV and does not support Dolby Atmos (except via HDMI pass-through).
New Amazon Fire TV Stick (Lite) specifications:
- SoC – MediaTek MT8695D quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.7 GHz with Imagination PowerVR GE8300 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.2
- System Memory – 1GB DDR4
- Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
- Video Output – HDMI up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) @ 60Hz with HDCP 2.2, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG support
- Video Codecs
- 1080p 60 H.265 (HEVC), H.264, VP9, MPEG-2
- 1080p30 H.263, VP8. MPEG-4
- Audio Codecs
- Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC (LC, AACv1, AACv2), FLAC, MP3, Voris, AMR-NB, Opus etc…
- Fire TV Stick only – Dolby Atmos
- DRM – Microsoft PlayReady 3.0, Google Widevine L1/L3
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFI 5 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0
- Optional 10/100M Ethernet via USB adapter
The TV sticks run Android 9 (API Level 28) based Fire OS 7. The user interface has been updated with the Main Menu moved to the center of the screen, easier ways to find content, improved Alexa voice controls, and integration with Amazon Ring security camera. Not directly related to the Fire TV sticks, but the new OS will also allow users of Fire TV Cube to make video calls using a USB webcam, and Zoom support is planned for later this year.