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Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a media streamer that looks nearly identical to the 2018 Fire TV Stick 4K, but the new model has a faster processor, higher-performance graphics, and more RAM. It’s also the first Fire TV device to support WiFi 6.

Add up those upgrades and Amazon says its newest media streamer delivers a 40% performance boost. First unveiled in September, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is now available for purchase for $55.

That’s just $5 more than the list price for the Fire TV Stick 4K, which seems like a pretty good deal for a model that launches apps more quickly, brings improved graphics, and adds support for features like Amazon’s Live View Picture-in-Picture (which lets you view video from supported security cameras in a picture-in-picture window, something that had previously only been available on the pricier Amazon Fire TV Cube).

But Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K has been on sale at discounted prices since Amazon announced the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Right now you can pick up the older model for $33 if you don’t need the new features.

Measuring just 3.9″ x 1.2″ x 0.6″, the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is exactly the same size as the previous-gen model, but it has 25% more RAM and a MediaTek MT8696 processor rather than an MT8695 chip.

Here’s a run-down of key specs for the two most powerful members of the Amazon Fire TV Stick family:

Fire TV Stick 4K (2018)Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2021)
Audio & Video4K @ 60 fps
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
4K @ 60 fps
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
1.7 GHz quad-core
32-bit (software limitation)
1.8 GHz quad-core
32-bit (software limitation)
GPUIMG GE8300 (650 MHz)IMG GE9215 (750 MHz)
WiFiWiFi 5
2 x 2 MIMO
WiFi 6
2 x 2 MIMO
BluetoothBT 5.0BT 5.0
Ethernet10/100 (with dongle)10/100 (with dongle)
OS Fire OS 6
(Android 7.1)
Fire OS 7
(Android 9)
RemoteAlexa voice remoteAlexa voice remote
List Price$50$55

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This article was originally published September 9, 2021 and last updated October 11, 2021.

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3 replies on “Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max brings WiFi 6 and faster performance to Amazon’s tiny media streamer”

  1. I need normal mainline linux on this .
    wifi , meybe batman mesh, big cpu, ideal for play , coding and writing

    1. Amazon ftv stick was never designed for that so it is never going to happen.

      You can always use a pc for those requirements.

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