Amazon takes the Fire Stick 4K to the Max with Wi-Fi 6 and upgraded internals
Amazon has launched a new version of its HDMI-dongle type of media-streaming device. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max looks much the same as its predecessor, although its OEM asserts it is more 2021-ready thanks to its upgraded specs.
They include Wi-Fi 6, conferred by a newer MediaTek MT8696 processor. Its 4 cores run at up to 1.8GHz, and includes a 750MHz GPU, whereas those of the Fire TV Stick 4K went at 1.7GHz and 650MHz respectively. The older player had 1.5GB of RAM, whereas its successor now has 2GB.
Other than the increased speed, the user will encounter a more or less identical smart screen UI as with the previous generation. Then again, the Max also comes with an updated remote with support for Alexa Voice control. It is now listed on Amazon (although it is out of stock this second) starting at US$54.99, or more when bundled with extras such as a controller for Luna.
Then again, the vanilla 4K model might now be ordered for as little as $35 (correct at time of writing).