News from Amazon HQ2 Headquarters in Arlington is that the FireStick lineup is getting a few upgrades. Amazon’s announcement has created excitement over the new FireStick 4K, FireStick 4K Max, and Fire TV Soundbar.
It’s the first time we’ve seen upgraded FireStick devices since they released their FireStick 4K in October 2021. All new products are available for pre-sale and will be ready to be shipped by the end of the month (September 2023).
Are you curious about what Amazon has to offer with all these new upgrades? Keep reading to find out all the official news and the new features of the Fire TV lineup.
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What’s New in 2023 Amazon FireStick 4K
FireStick is an affordable and high-performing device for home entertainment. Since the last release, an upgrade to the 4K device has been long anticipated.
The new FireStick 4K has a MediaTek MT8696D 1.7GHz quad-core processor and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. It also supports HLG, HDR, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos audio devices.
With the new FireStick 4K, you can enjoy an immersive 4K home theatre experience. The new FireStick 4K is now 30% more powerful than the previous version.
FireStick 4K now has 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. At the same time, the original FireStick 4K featured just 1.5 GB. But, just like the original, the internal storage is 8 GB.
The device was also adapted for AV1 Video Decoding, which wasn’t available with the original FireStick 4K.
Like the previous version, this FireStick keeps its vibrant 4K ultra HD display charm.
On the software side of things, Alexa can now look for content based on specific directors, genres, or even scenes.
It will also showcase a more extensive variety of content from non-Amazon streaming services.
You can enjoy the ultimate home theatre experience with the FireStick 4K for under $50!
- Price: $49.99
- Wi-Fi 6E for faster connectivity.
- 30% More powerful processor (1.7GHz).
- Bigger memory (2GB)
What’s New in 2023 Amazon FireStick 4K Max
An even more powerful version of the FireStick 4K is the FireStick 4K Max.
For starters, it supports Wi-Fi 6E for faster and uninterrupted connectivity.
With Wi-Fi 6E compatibility paired with a 2GHz MediaTek MT8696T quad-core processor, you can enjoy seamless 4K streaming on your Wi-Fi.
The all-new FireStick 4K Max is 40% more powerful than the new FireStick 4K. It also offers larger 16 GB storage.
It’s a massive upgrade from previous Fire TV devices. You can now store even more media and apps on your devices. Twice the storage also means smoother performance.
However, the new 4K Max has the same 2GB RAM as its predecessor.
The most anticipated feature of the FireStick Max version is the Ambient Mode (more about it later).
With ultra-cinematic, ultra HD vibrant 4K picture and HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR 10+, and Dolby Atmos audio, Fire Stick 4K Max takes the home theater experience to a new level!
- Price: $59.99
- Wi-Fi 6E for faster connectivity.
- 40% More powerful processor (2GHz).
- Double storage (16GB).
- Ambient Mode
The New Ambient Mode – FireStick 4K Max Exclusive
The Ambient Mode is something Fire TV Omni QLED users are already familiar with. The exciting news is that now it comes with the FireStick 4K Max as well.
The Ambient Mode converts the TV to an intelligent ambient display.
The Ambient Mode is simple to toggle. You can simply ask Alexa or press the Alexa button to do so.
The bland display screen can be transformed to Ambient Mode from the shortcut menu. With the Ambient Mode, the screen gets a dynamic display.
Additionally, like with an Android, all vital information like calendars, weather reports, reminders, and other notes are always on display.
You can also stream music from multiple service providers like Spotify and Amazon Music with the FireStick 4K Max. Furthermore, the TV display will feature mesmerizing artwork from around the world.
With no subscription charges, FireStick 4K Max transforms the TV into an art gallery. Amazon features an expansive collection of over 2000 artworks from Italy, Spain, France, Australia, and Japan.
Enjoy art displays from museums like the Museo del Prado, Musée d’Orsay, and Galleria d’Arte Moderna from the comfort of home. Choose landscapes, motion graphics, or dynamic art displays.
For a more personal experience, you can also choose to display your personal photo slideshows.
Moreover, you can also apply effects and filters to your photos, like B&W, sepia, and more. But this feature will not be available immediately.
Power of Alexa + Generative AI on New FireStick Models
AI is rapidly transforming our lives for the better. The new FireStick 4K and the FireStick 4K Max will capitalize on the power of AI with Amazon’s flagship AI-powered voice search feature.
Generative AI features a more natural dialogue. Officials promise a conversational and more natural way to look for relevant content. You can now ask Alexa open-ended and nuanced questions about shows, directors, storylines, or actors.
For example, you can now ask Alexa to search for “movies with fast car scenes.” This will allow you to enjoy relevant content even when unsure of what to watch.
Additionally, the FireStick Max allows you to use AI to create digital art. You can save all your artwork on your FireStick Max device. You can also display your art on screens using the “Ambient Mode.”
How does it work? All you need to do is give Alexa a suitable prompt. The important thing is to ensure the prompt is imagination-driven. The FireStick AI will decipher the prompt and create personalized art using your voice command.
In addition to the generative AI in the voice search, the “Continue Watching” row is another attractive feature. It was previously missing from the FireStick.
Now, you can select content to stream right where they left off from this row. With this feature, streaming is convenient because you can keep track of your activity.
Pricing & Availability of 2023 FireStick 4K and 4K Max
The new FireStick 4K and the FireStick 4K Max are some of the most anticipated products from Amazon.com. Since the company announced the product upgrades at its fall event, FireStick fans are anticipating their release.
The official release date for both products has been announced as September 27, 2023. But fear not; FireStick 4K and 4K Max are up for grabs as Amazon lets customers preorder them.
If you have preordered your product, shipping is set to begin in the last week of September.
Other Details from the Amazon Event
- Fire TV Sounbar (FireStick 4K and FireStick 4K Max compatible).
- Six months MGM + free subscription.
- Climate Pledge Friendly products.
All New Fire TV Soundbar
Amazon also announced the release of their brand new Fire TV Soundbar. Available on the official website for $119.99, the Fire TV Soundbar offers an immersive audio experience. It features an easy setup and a compact, sleek design.
The downside is that it isn’t Alexa enabled or supports Alexa Home. However, accessing the Soundbar experience will be no problem for people using Fire TV streaming media players. All you need is a remote to control sound.
The device features DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Audio technology. DTS Virtual:X allows a 3D virtual audio effect even without large speakers.
While Dolby Audio allows for clearer dialog voice and richer bass simultaneously, the device works entirely in sync once attached to an HDMI, eARC, or ARC port. Enjoy crisp dialogue and immersive, enhanced bass from the comfort of your home.
Six Months of Free MGM+
Amazon has also introduced a brand new Fire TV device bundle. This offer comes with the purchase of a new smart TV or Fire TV streaming media player from Amazon or retail stores. Customers within the United States can enjoy free MGM+ for 6 months!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a subsidiary of Amazon’s MGM Holdings and features a massive library of entertaining content. MGM+ features blockbusters like Top Gun: Maverik, House of Gucci, and many more.
They also have multiple origins feature pieces like the Emmy-award-winning Godfather of Harlem. Enjoy non-stop entertainment without any extra charges with Amazon’s Fire TV Device bundle.
Amazon’s commitment to climate action is remarkably displayed through its new Fire TV product designs. The new Fire TV Soundbar, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Stick 4K Max all have the Climate Pledge Friendly badge.
The new FireStick TV products have a lower carbon footprint. They are designed to consume less energy over their lifetime and are produced using climate-friendly materials. All devices have been awarded the Carbon Trust’s Reducing CO2 certification.
Both FireStick products are packed from 100% recyclable wood-fiber packaging responsibly sourced from US forests. All the products feature a low-power mode. They are programmed to go on standby or sleep during periods of inactivity.
You can access the Product Sustainability Fact Sheets for sustainability details on each product. They have all the details about the environmental impact and the individual product’s lifetime carbon emissions.
All new FireStick devices pack some impressive features. Generative AI will improve user experience by changing voice chat. You no longer have to scroll through irrelevant suggestions for hours. The overall cinematic experience is bound to be exciting. Immersive sound, lightning-fast speed, and a smooth streaming experience. An immersive experience with more storage space gives you more options.
The new FireSticks bring features like the “Ambient Mode” and “Continue Watching,” providing an enhanced and pleasant FireStick experience. With the new FireSticks, you can bring cinema right at home like never before. Additionally, amazon’s commitment to climate action must be applauded. With revolutionary designs and responsible manufacturing, Amazon has cemented its promise of a cleaner future.
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