Which Amazon Fire Stick is the Newest? [October 2021]
Amazon’s foray into the world of media streaming devices has generally been well-received. The accessible price of the Fire TV, along with Amazon’s ever-increasing content selection, has made it a trendy choice among cord-cutters.
It seems like new iterations of the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and several other peripherals and devices get released every year. Trying to keep up with the likes of Google is no easy task.
If you’re in the market for a Fire TV Stick but don’t know where to start, here’s a breakdown of the newest Firestick versions on the market.
A Brief History of Fire TV
The very first Fire TV got released in 2014. Apple TV and Roku were starting to see a lot of traction among early cord-cutters, and Amazon felt that they needed to join the party.
Like its competitors, the Fire TV Stick is a machine with relatively humble internals. It has some gaming capabilities and a controller accessory, but it isn’t meant to compete with gaming consoles.
The popularity of Fire TV rose quickly. The attention primarily got fueled by the increasing adoption of Amazon’s Prime Video service. Amazon didn’t dawdle, releasing the second-generation Fire TV the following year. The company improved just about everything they could, including the processor and chipset. Most importantly, the new Fire TV Stick supported 4K viewing.
The Newest Fire TV Stick in 2021
Over the years, Amazon has expanded its Fire TV lineup. Of course, the more popular option is the Fire Stick, but even that model has a couple of different iterations. There’s also a cube. In this section, we’ll review the most current models of the Fire TV Stick in 2021.
Amazon Fire Stick 4K Max
The newest, most feature-packed Firestick is the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, released October 7th, 2021. This model succeeds the Fire TV Stick 4K model, boasting 40% more power and faster app launching with a 1.8GHz CPU versus 1.7GHz. In addition, you get a 750MHz GPU versus 650MHz, 2GB RAM versus 1.5GB, Wi-Fi 6 support for smoother streaming if you have a Wi-Fi 6 compatible router, and faster graphics rendering for your favorite Amazon App Store games. As for storage, it includes the same 8GB as the previous model.
The Fire TV 4k Max remote is the same as the 4K model, and all graphical navigation is the same since it uses the same Fire OS version. You won’t see a difference in the user interface if you upgrade, except for faster launching and app-switching.
Just like its predecessor, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max remote comes with a power button and volume controls for your TV, plus it has four app buttons, and of course, it’s integrated with Alexa Voice.
The Alexa Voice function allows users to quickly search for content with the touch of the blue Alexa icon at the top of the remote.
Of course, this newest generation matches the 4K model with Dolby Atmos audio, 1080p, and 4k HD video quality.
The price tag on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max device is only $54.99 and supports most streaming applications and services. The older 4K model is currently only $34.99 on Amazon, but its original price was $49.99, making the Max version worthwhile for all the new enhancements it delivers.
What is the Latest Fire TV Cube?
The Fire TV Cube is similar to the Fire Stick only because it is a streaming device. Aside from that, the 2nd Generation Cube is the latest version, released in September of 2019.
If you’ve stumbled across this device while browsing Amazon, you’ve surely noticed both the device and the price tag are much larger than all of the other Fire TV devices. That’s because this isn’t just a streaming device. It’s also an Alexa device and command center for your entertainment devices.
From your television to your soundbar, the 2nd generation of the Fire Cube adds Alexa’s functionality to many other devices. For example, if you’re still using a cable box, the Fire Cube will let you control what channels you’re watching and the volume with Alexa Voice.
The Fire TV Cube also supports 4K streaming, has Dolby Atmos Audio functionality, and holds 16GB of storage instead of other Fire TV devices with 8GB or less. Of course, you also get full Ethernet support. You can order the Fire TV Cube on Amazon for $119.99 unless you catch it on Prime Day or during holiday sales events.
In closing, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the latest version of any Fire TV device, aside from actual TVs. On the other hand, the newest Fire TV Cube (2019, 2nd Gen.) does more and offers more (increased storage, other devices control, etc.), except the 4K Max has Wi-Fi 6 support and improved navigational speed. This model also upped the performance with its higher CPU and GPU speeds and having more RAM, which makes the slight cost difference worth every penny!