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1st Gen Fire TV Cube (2018) vs. 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2019)

Amazon has two version of the Fire TV Cube with the first-generation coming out in 2018 and the second-generation releasing in 2019.

You can check out what the main differences are in this comparison guide.

Quick Summary

When compared to the original, the second-generation Fire TV Cube uses an updated Bluetooth connection and supports Miracast.

For the newer version, Amazon also added AAC ELD support for audio in addition to DoVi, H263, HDR10+, HLG, MPEG-4 and VP8 for video.

Otherwise, the two media players are pretty much identical in other categories such as supported resolutions, supported frame rates, Wi-Fi connection, Ethernet connection, accessibility, Alexa speaker support and more.

If you are interested, you can purchase either of the two media players on Amazon with the following links:

1st Gen Fire TV Cube vs. 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube Comparison Chart

You can check out the comparison table for the two cubes below.

 1st Gen Fire TV Cube (2018)2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2019)
Weight16.4 ounces (or 465 grams)16.4 ounces (or 465 grams)
Dimensions3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0” (or 86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm)3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0” (or 86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm)
What’s in the Box1st Gen Fire TV Cube Media Player

Alexa Voice Remote

2 AAA batteries

Amazon 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Adapter

Power Adapter

Quick Start Guide

Marketing Guide

Infrared (IR) Extender Cable
2nd Gen Fire TV Cube Media Player

Alexa Voice Remote

2 AAA batteries

Amazon 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Adapter

Power Adapter

Quick Start Guide

Marketing Guide

Infrared (IR) Extender Cable
SoC ProcessorAmlogic S905ZS922X
CPUQuad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU at up to 1.5 GHzHexa-core (Quad-core at up to 2.2 GHz and Dual-core at up to 1.9 GHz)
GPUMali-450 MP3800 MHz ARM Mali G52-MP2 (3EE)
RAM2 GB RAM2 GB DDR4 RAM at 2400 Mbps
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2 and LEBluetooth 5.0 and LE
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

2x2 MIMO

2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual band
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

2x2 MIMO

2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual band
Ethernet10/100 Mbps10/100 Mbps
Internal Storage16 GB16 GB
Cloud StorageFree for digital content bought from AmazonFree for digital content bought from Amazon
PortsHDMI

Power

Micro USB

Wired Infrared
HDMI

Power

Micro USB

Wired Infrared
Smart Speaker40 mm speaker with Alexa40 mm speaker with Alexa
Voice ControlsFar-field with smart speaker

Near-field with microphone on remote
Far-field with smart speaker

Near-field with microphone on remote
IR Support?YesYes
Miracast Support?NoYes
Accessibility FeaturesVoiceView Screen Reader

Closed captioning
VoiceView Screen Reader

Closed captioning
Supported Resolutions and Refresh RatesUp to 60 Hz at 720p

Up to 60 Hz at 1080p

Up to 60 Hz at 4K
Up to 60 Hz at 720p

Up to 60 Hz at 1080p

Up to 60 Hz at 4K
HDRHDR10DoVi

HDR10

HDR10+

HLG
Audio CodecsAAC-LC

AC3 (Dolby Digital)

AMR-NB

Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)

eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)

FLAC

MIDI

MP3

MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+)

MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)

Opus

PCM/Wave

Vorbis
AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC)

AAC-LC

AC3 (Dolby Digital)

AMR-NB

Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)

eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)

FLAC

MIDI

MP3

MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+)

MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)

Opus

PCM/Wave

Vorbis
Video CodecsH.264

H.265 (HEVC)

MPEG-2

VP9
H263

H.264

H.265 (HEVC)

MPEG-2

MPEG-4

VP8

VP9
Supported Image FormatsBMP

GIF

JPEG

PNG
BMP

GIF

JPEG

PNG
DRMHDCP 2.2

PlayReady 3.0

Widevine L1/L3
HDCP 2.2

PlayReady 3.3

Widevine L1 v11
Warranty1-year limited warranty and service

Optional 2-year and 3-year extended warranties for U.S. customers
1-year limited warranty and service

Optional 2-year and 3-year extended warranties for U.S. customers
PricingCheck price on Amazon.Check price on Amazon.

Weight

The first-generation and second-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube have the same listed weight specifications at 16.4 ounces (or 465 grams).

Dimensions

The two media players are also the same in physical size.

You can take a look at the measurements below:

  • 3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0” (or 86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm)

What’s in the Box

You can check out the contents included in the box for the two products below:

1st Gen Fire TV Cube (2018):

  • 1st Gen Fire TV Cube Media Player
  • Alexa Voice Remote
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Amazon 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Adapter
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Marketing Guide
  • Infrared (IR) Extender Cable

2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2019):

  • 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube Media Player
  • Alexa Voice Remote
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Amazon 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Adapter
  • Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Marketing Guide
  • Infrared (IR) Extender Cable

SoC Processor

For the system on a chip processor, the Gen 1 Fire TV Cube is equipped with Amlogic S905Z while the Gen 2 Fire TV Cube is equipped with S922X.

CPU

The first-generation of the media box uses a quad core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU at up to 1.5 GHz. The second-generation uses a hexa-core, which is a combination of a quad-core at up to 2.2 GHz and a dual-core at up to 1.9 GHz.

GPU

For GPU, the 1st Gen product utilizes Mali-450 MP3 while the 2nd Gen product utilizes the 800 MHz ARM Mali G52-MP2 (3EE).

RAM

The original Fire TV Cube has 2 GB of RAM while the second iteration uses 2 GB of DDR4 RAM at 2400 Mbps.

Bluetooth

The original media streaming box uses Bluetooth 4.2 and LE while the newer version uses Bluetooth 5.0 and LE.

Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi connection specifications are the same, which you can find below:

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2×2 MIMO
  • 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual band

Ethernet

Both of the media players in this versus guide support a wired connection with the 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port.

Internal Storage

The first- and second-generation Amazon Fire TV Cubes come with 16 GB of internal storage.

Cloud Storage

You will also get free cloud storage on the digital content you bought directly from Amazon.

Ports

The two devices also come with the following ports:

  • HDMI
  • Power
  • Micro USB
  • Wired Infrared

Smart Speaker

Both of the cubes are equipped with a 40 mm speaker, which you can use to interact with the Alexa voice assistance AI.

Voice Controls

The two generations of the media player support far-field (using the aforementioned speaker) and near-field voice controls (via the microphone on the remote).

IR Support

The two products also support IR as you will be able to control IR-enabled devices.

Miracast

Amazon added Miracast to the second-generation Cube as you will be able to mirror the screen of your Amazon Fire Tablet to the television display.

Accessibility Features

For accessibility, both products feature the VoiceView screen reader and closed captioning.

Supported Resolutions and Refresh Rates

The original and new versions support the same resolutions and refresh rates, which you can find a list of below:

  • Up to 60 Hz at 720p
  • Up to 60 Hz at 1080p
  • Up to 60 Hz at 4K

HDR

The 1st Gen Fire TV Cube supports HDR10 while the 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube also supports HDR10 in addition to DoVi, HDR10+ and HLG.

Audio Codecs

Amazon added support for AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC) for the second-generation of the streaming player.

You can find the list of supported audio codecs for the two products below:

1st Gen Fire TV Cube (2018):

  • AAC-LC
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AMR-NB
  • Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)
  • eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)
  • FLAC
  • MIDI
  • MP3
  • MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+)
  • MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)
  • Opus
  • PCM/Wave
  • Vorbis

2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2019):

  • AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC)
  • AAC-LC
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AMR-NB
  • Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)
  • eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)
  • FLAC
  • MIDI
  • MP3
  • MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+)
  • MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)
  • Opus
  • PCM/Wave
  • Vorbis

Video Codecs

The second-generation Fire TV Cube supports more video codecs with the additions of H263, MPEG-4 and VP8.

You can find the lists of supported video codecs below:

1st Gen Fire TV Cube (2018):

  • H.264
  • H.265 (HEVC)
  • MPEG-2
  • VP9

2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2019):

  • H263
  • H.264
  • H.265 (HEVC)
  • MPEG-2
  • MPEG-4
  • VP8
  • VP9

Supported Image Formats

Both media payers in this comparison are compatible with the following image formats:

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • PNG

DRM

You can find the digital right management specs for the two products below:

1st Gen Fire TV Cube (2018):

  • HDCP 2.2
  • PlayReady 3.0
  • Widevine L1/L3

2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2019):

  • HDCP 2.2
  • PlayReady 3.3
  • Widevine L1 v11

Warranty

The 1st Generation Fire TV Cube (2018) and 2nd Generation Fire TV Cube (2019) each comes with a 1-year limited warranty and service. U.S. customers can also purchase a 2-year and 3-year extended warranties.

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