Flipkart has launched an Android based smart TV stick - the Motorola 4K Android TV Stick. While the device offers 4K output, it is priced competitively at Rs 3,999. You get the third-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (review) for the same price, while the Mi Box 4K (review) has a price tag of Rs 3,499. The Motorola 4K Android TV stick runs on Android 9 out of the box and supports HDR 10. It has 16GB of built-in storage and has 2GB RAM. It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi. The Motorola 4K Android TV streaming stick will be available in the third week of March. Here is a look at how the Motorola 4K Android TV stick’s specifications and features compare to the Fire TV Stick and the Xiaomi Mi Box 4K.
The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick is priced at Rs 3,999. The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick price is the same as the Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd gen). The Amazon Fire TV Stick has an FHD resolution, but more on that in the coming sections. To get the Fire TV Stick 4K, you will have to shell out Rs 6,000. The Mi Box 4K, on the other hand, is priced ar Rs 3499.
The Motorola 4K Android TV stick comes with 16GB built-in storage, 2GB RAM, and a Cortex A53 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz. The Fire TV Stick third-gen, on the other hand, has 8GB built-in storage, is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz CPU, and while the RAM isn't officially mentioned, it is speculated to sport 1.5GB RAM. The Mi Box 4K, on the other hand, is powered by a Cortex-A53 quad-core 64bit clocked at 2.0Ghz coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB storage.
All three streaming devices support dual-band Wi-Fi. The 3rd gen Fire TV stick has Bluetooth 5.0, while the Mi Box 4K has Bluetooth 4.2.
Both the Mi Box 4K and the Motorola 4K Android TV Stick run on Android, giving you access to the Google Play Store. On the other hand, the Fire TV Stick has its own app store giving you access to all popular streaming service. All three sticks have access to popular OTT platforms, including Netflix, Prime Video, Zee5, YouTube, Voot, and many more. For the popular OTT platforms, it is clear that they are on par. However, the Fire TV Stick supports Apple TV+, which is not available on the other two devices. The Google Play Store may have a larger catalogue of apps but sticking with the apps that one used with such a device including, Plex, Internet browser, etc., all three are at par.
Both the Motorola 4K Android TV Stick and the Mi Box 4K comes with a voice-enabled remote control, and so does the Fire TV Stick. The Motorola Stick and the Mi Box 4K support the Google Assistant, and the Fire TV Stick supports Alexa. Both the assistants can let you control your smart home appliances from the convenience of each device.
All three devices have minimalist remote controls. The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick has a remote control that looks a lot like the one found on the Nokia Media Streamer. It also has hotkeys to launch Netflix, Zee5, YouTube and Prime Video. The Mi Box 4K has the same remote control found on Mi TVs with hotkeys for Netflix and Prime Videos. The Fire TV Stick does not come with any OTT hotkeys on the remote control. All three remote controls have a functional form factor.
The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick has a form factor quite similar to the Nokia Media Streamer (review) but with sharper corners. The HDMI connector is at the end of a small extension so that the streaming device doesn’t block other HDMI ports on the TV. The Mi Box 4K has an HDMI cable in the box, which isn’t very long but ensures the device doesn’t obstruct the TV’s HDMI ports. The Fire TV Stick also has an HDMI extender in the box to ensure the TV’s HDMI ports don't get blocked. If you don't use the extender, the stick itself is thick to hinder connecting to the adjacent HDMI ports.
The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick and the Mi Box 4K support Chromecast built-in, while the Fire TV Stick supports screen mirroring.
The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick and the Mi Box 4K both support a resolution of 4K, HDR 10 and HLG. They do not support Dolby Vision. For audio, both support Dolby Audio but not Dolby Atmos.
The Fire TV Stick has a resolution of 1080p, Full HD with support for HDR, HDR10+ and HLG. Once again, no Dolby Vision support. It does, however, support Dolby Atmos, something the other two lack.
The Motorola 4K Android TV Stick and the Mi Box 4K seem to be homogenous when it comes to features. Sure, the Motorola streaming stick has more storage, but the Mi Box 4K has a USB port for you to play content from an external device. Both support a 4K resolution with support for HDR. The Fire TV Stick is the only device with support for 1080p of the three. It does, however, have support for Dolby Atmos, which the other devices lack.