The new Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite looks and feels a lot like the Fire TV Stick — but this newly announced model is a lot more affordable. It's still delivering you all the same streaming apps and content, but its remote has a new focus on live TV.
Amazon announced the Fire TV Stick Lite at its Sept. 24 event, alongside its Echo 2020 and Echo Dot 2020 devices, which sport wild new looks. So, let's see what makes this version of the Fire TV Stick so Lite.
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Picture quality: Up to 1080p (Full HD) with HDR, HDR 10, HDR10+ and HLG
Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz
Audio: Dolby Audio (pass-through HDMI only)
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi
Dimensions: 3.4 x 1.2 x 0.5 inches
In the box: Fire TV Stick Lite, power adapter, USB to microUSB cable, HDMI adapter, Alexa Voice Remote Lite, 2x AAA batteries
The TV button on the Fire TV Stick Lite sees Amazon making live TV an increasingly important aspect of its Fire TV world. It's marked as the Guide button on Amazon's site and opens the Live TV Guide page.
Currently, Amazon is promoting Sling TV and YouTube TV live content on its home screen, with Hulu + Live TV “coming soon,” according to an Amazon blog post back in July.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite price and release date
Available for pre-order now, shipping on Sept. 30, the Fire TV Stick Lite costs $29.99, $10 less than the Fire TV Stick. Amazon says the stick should be shipping on Sept. 30.
You can place pre-orders on Amazon now.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite design
If you put the Fire TV Stick Lite next to the Fire TV Stick, I'm not sure anyone would really be able to know which device was which. Both are your standard black streaming sticks, and Amazon typically packs in adapter dongles so you can easily connect to an HDMI port if your TV's ports aren't accessible.
The Fire TV Stick Lite is matte black, with a glossy Amazon logo on one side, and a microUSB port that connects to its USB charging cable, on another side.
The Fire TV Stick Lite is a part of the first group of products to feature Amazon's Climate Pledge Friendly badge (one of the first to feature it, in fact), offering a low power mode for energy efficiency. That feature will also be rolling out to existing devices.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite features
The Fire TV Stick Lite offers many of the standard options you get in the Fire TV Stick, as its connections to Alexa allow you to view and control smart home devices, such as cameras, lighting and thermostats, among others.
You don't get Dolby Atmos Audio, though with the Lite version of the streaming stick— just standard Dolby Audio, which is only available in pass-through via HDMI. The Fire TV Stick Lite also doesn't have the same TV controls you get with the standard Fire TV Stick.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite remote
Maybe the biggest differences between the two Fire TV Sticks are found in the included Alexa Voice Remote Lite. This Alexa remote no longer has dedicated volume controls or a TV power button. That's a bit of an annoyance for folks who only want to use one remote at a time.
As mentioned above, the new Guide button opens the Live TV Guide section.
You could activate Alexa to perform these functions, but who wants to talk at their TV while they're already trying to adjust the amount of sound coming out of it?
Amazon Fire TV Stick 2020
Amazon also updated the Fire TV Stick, improving its performance by 50% and reducing power usage by 50% as well. The Fire TV Stick Lite also offers these gains as compared to the previous Fire TV Stick.
The Fire TV Stick is staying at the $39.99 price, and it's available for pre-order on Amazon.
It's also scheduled to ship on Sept. 30.
Amazon Fire TV Interface
Amazon's also updating the Fire TV interface, with personalized user profiles, picture in picture (for use with smart cameras), and popups for weather and other asks that don't take over your whole screen.