Amazon has added a new streaming dongle, Fire TV Stick 4K Max, in India. The company’s range of Fire TV Sticks in the country also includes Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick Plus, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Stick Lite.
Compared to the Fire TV Stick 4K, the new 'Max' variant brings in better performance hardware and integrates support for Wi-Fi 6 for a nominal increase in price.
The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is available for INR 6,499 in India. In comparison, the Fire TV Stick 4k is available for INR 5,999 - a difference of only INR 500.
Fire TV Cube (review) with Hexa-core chipset and 16GB storage remains the most powerful streaming option from Amazon in India, retails for INR 12,999 (and was available for a discounted price of Rs. 8,999 on Prime Day).
On the outside, both of these Fire TV Sticks have the exact same dimensions, but interestingly the new 4K Max is a few grams lighter (48.3 grams vs 53.6 grams).
The biggest upgrade is that the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max employs a faster chipset. It’s powered by 1.8GHz MT8696 quad-core SoC with 750 MHz IMG GE8300 GPU and Amazon claims a 40% improvement in performance compared to the original Fire TV Stick 4K that’s powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor paired with the IMG GE8300 GPU clocked at 650 MHz.
Apart from faster CPU and GPU, RAM capacity has also been increased from 1.5GB to 2GB in the new Fire TV 4K Max. Owing to the upgrade in performance hardware, the new FireTV Stick 4K Max gets a low latency mode and includes a Live View feature for picture-in-picture feed from select smart home devices like doorbells and security cameras.
Another notable difference is that the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max can connect to Wi-Fi 6 router and leverage faster speeds.
Other than these changes, the other features remain similar and the storage is still capped at 8GB. Both of these 4K UHD streaming solutions run Amazon’s Fire OS, bundle Alexa Voice remote and support popular HDR formats including Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, and HLG and support Dolby Atmos audio.