Amazon Fire TV Stick 2021 is the 3rd Generation version Fire TV Stick released on April 21st, 2021 to hep turn your TV into a hub. It provides up to 1080p Full HD with 60fps frame rate, HDR, HDR10+ and HLG to enable great detail with accurate colour. This streaming stick also has a mirroring feature which helps to cast content from your smartphone or laptop to the TV screen.
This TV stick comes with an updated Alexa remote which features a channel guide and app buttons, making it easier to access your favourite TV shows, movies and music. It also offer support for a dual-band, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Dolby Atmos audio.
Amazon Fire TV Stick (2021) Key Features
- 1080p resolution
- 3 HDMI Ports
- Voice Remote with Alexa
- 60 Hz Refresh Rate
- Quad-core 1.7 GHz
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
- IMG GE8300 GPU
- 8 GB internal Storage
- Voice support with Alexa Voice Remote
- Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+ surround sound
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 2021 sports similar design with the 2020 model. This USB shape device has a rectangular prism with an HDMI plug on the end and a micro-USB power socket halfway up one side. It features a plastic chassis with an Amazon logo on the side to give it a premium feel.
The micro USB port helps connect the stick to the included wall adapter for power, and can be used with Amazon’s optional Ethernet adapter for wired network connection.
This device measures 86mm x 30mm x 13mm (HxWxD) and weigh 32g, hence, with the compact design and weight, you can easily plug the stick directly into an HDMI port and can blend perfectly with your TV from behind.
Amazon Fire TV Stick (2021) enables fast streaming in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, with support for supports high dynamic range (HDR) content in HDR10, HDR10+, and hybrid log gamma (HLG). This means the TV stick offers increased color and contrast in your HD images, with more nuanced tones and a larger spectrum of light and dark shades.
Furthermore, the Fire TV Stick (2021) supports up to 60fps refresh rate for particularly smooth video with less blur or judder during fast-moving scenes. For 4K streaming go for the Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
Although, this Amazon TV stick does not support Dolby Vision, it offers support for Dolby Atmos surround sound which means you can get more immersive audio. This speaker comes alongside the general 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby surround audio output plus HDMI Audio pass-through.
Processor and Smart Features
The Stick is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor. According to Amazon, it is 50% more powerful than the 2019 version. The Qualcomm Krait 300 CPU has dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 which clocks up to 2 GHz and dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 that also clock up to 1.573 GHz.
It is backed up by IMG GE8300 GPU and has 8GB non-expandable onboard storage to boost the performance.
Streaming on Fire TV is simple and intuitive. It has an easy-to-use Fire TV interface. The Amazon’s Fire TV platform has a powerful media streaming ecosystem and an accessible interface.
Although, it is based on Android, Fire TV doesn’t have access to Google Play services, and can’t access Google Play Movies & TV content. However, it offers access to streaming sites like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, Now TV and others. Hence, you can stream live news, sport and favourite programmes.
The 2021 Amazon Fire TV Stick also comes with Amazon Alexa support which allows you to use your voice to search and launch shows across apps. There is support for dual-band, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth connection for fast wireless connectivity.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 2021 comes with a new Alexa Voice remote that features a single shortcut button that gives quick access to Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Amazon Music, and a button to view all the installed apps.
In addition, the Alexa Voice remote still sports the thin black design with slightly rounded ends with circular navigation pad, playback controls, and TV power and volume controls. The remote uses infrared to control power and volume on your TV.
There is also a dedicated guide button that allows users to view channels and program listings from live TV apps. Furthermore, Amazon has replaced the microphone button with a blue Alexa button.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 2021 Price and Availability
The Amazon Fire TV Stick (2021) price starts at $39.99. It is available on Amazon, BestBuy, and other reputable online stores, leading retail chains, as well as Toshiba Electronics stores in your country.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 2021 is also available in Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana.
Amazon Fire TV Stick (2021) Specs
Here are a few specs of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 2021:
- Size: 86mm x 30mm x 13mm
- Weight: 1.1 oz (32.0 g)
- Processor: Qualcomm Krait 300 Quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU
- GPU: IMG GE8300
- Storage: 8 GB internal
- Wi-Fi: Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac , dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO)
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy.
- Voice support: Yes, with Alexa Voice Remote
- Ports: HDMI output, micro-USB for power only
- Audio support: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+ surround sound and HDMI Audio passthrough for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, Dolby Atmos.
- Display Features: HDR, HDR10+, and hybrid log gamma (HLG), 60fps, 1080p at 60 Hz.
- Included in the box: Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen), Alexa Voice Remote 3rd Gen, USB cable and power adapter, HDMI extender, 2 AAA batteries, Quick Start Guide