Amazon surprises us with a new Fire TV Stick 4K, a very interesting mediaplayer, since it has the new MediaTek MT8695 SoC made in 12nm and that seems designed for the TV-Stick streaming format. A device that follows the external design line of the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick model and that has support for playing 4K video with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ encoding, as well as Dolby Atmos audio. We hope to be able to do a review shortly and make all our battery of tests.
SoC, RAM and storage
The new Fire TV Stick 4K model has the interesting MediaTek MT8695 SoC as engine that has four ARM Cortex-A53 cores and integrates a PowerVR GE8300MP4 GPU with OpenGL 3.2 and Vulcan 1.1 support. This time we found a total of 1.5 GB of RAM which is double that of the previous model although we only have the classic 8 GB of storage memory, a limitation that we always find in Amazon products that also in not possible to expand the storage by the limitations of FireOS.
In the wireless connectivity section we have Wifi aC Dual band with an antenna designed by Amazon that promises excellent coverage and Bluetooth 5.0 LE. In the connectivity section as always we find a single OTG microUSB port to which we can connect a USB HUB or compatible Ethernet adapter. As audio and video output we have the HDMI 2.0 connector with 4K@60fps and HDR support and we have HDCP 2.2 support and all the necessary DRM. The operating system of this TV-Sitck is FireOS with what that implies at the level of limitations but also offers simplicity.
Along with the Fire TV Stick 4K we have included the Alexa Voice Remote command to which we can give orders to perform searches on the TV-Stick or connect with our compatible domotic device. This command can be purchased separately and is compatible with the previous Fire TV Stick of 2nd and 3rd generation, the voice commands only work in the languages where it goes on sale officially.
Price and availability in stores
- Fire TV Stick 4K can be purchased on Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk from $49.99 ($59.99), is available on October 31 in the US and November 12 in Europe.