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2020 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick vs. 2021 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick

Amazon has a new version of the 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick for 2021. So, how does the new model stack up against the 2020 version?

You can find out in this comparison guide between the two streaming sticks.

Quick Summary

The new 2021 third-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with the third-generation Alexa voice remote.

When compared to the second-generation remote, which comes with the 2020 third-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick, the newer remote control adds a guide button in addition to shortcuts for Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Hulu and Netflix.

Aside from the different remotes, the 2020 and 2021 versions of the 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick are identical when it comes to features and specifications.

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

You can also check out how the 2020 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick stacks up against other Fire media players with this guide.

Fire TV Stick 2020 vs. Fire TV Stick 2021 Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the two Fire TV sticks below.

 3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (2020)3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (2021)
What’s in the BoxFire TV Stick (3rd Gen)

Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen)

USB cable and power adapter

HDMI extender

2 AAA batteries

Quick Start Guide
Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)

Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen)

USB cable and power adapter

HDMI extender

2 AAA batteries

Quick Start Guide
Stick Weight32 grams32 grams
Stick Dimensions3.4 in x 1.2 in x 0.5 in (or 86 mm x 30 mm x 13 mm)3.4 in x 1.2 in x 0.5 in (or 86 mm x 30 mm x 13 mm)
Processor (SoC)MT8695DMT8695D
CPUQuad core 1.7 GHzQuad core 1.7 GHz
Application Binary Interface (ABI)32-bit32-bit
GPUIMG GE8300IMG GE8300
RAM1GB DDR41GB DDR4
Storage8 GB8 GB
Wi-Fi Features802.11 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)
PortsHDMI port

Micro-USB power port
HDMI port

Micro-USB power port
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth Low Energy
Remote Weight without Batteries43.4 grams43.4 grams
Remote Dimensions38 mm x 142 mm x 16 mm38 mm x 142 mm x 16 mm
Remote Batteries2x AAA batteries2x AAA batteries
Remote TechnologyBluetoothBluetooth
Remote ButtonsPower

Microphone

Voice Button

Navigation

Select

Back

Home

Menu

Fast Forward

Play/Pause

Rewind

Volume Up

Volume Down

Mute
Power

Microphone

Alexa Voice Button

Navigation

Select

Back

Home

Menu

Fast Forward

Play/Pause

Rewind

Mute

Volume Up

Volume Down

Guide

Amazon Prime Video Preset App Button

Netfilx Preset App Button

Disney+ Preset App Button

Hulu Preset App Button
Voice SupportAlexa Voice Remote

Fire TV App
Alexa Voice Remote

Fire TV App
Alexa ControlFar-field

Near-field
Far-field

Near-field
IR Device Control?SupportedSupported
Cloud StorageSupported for digital content purchased from AmazonSupported for digital content purchased from Amazon
Miracast?SupportedSupported
Supported Output ResolutionUp to 60 frames per second at 720p

Up to 60 frames per second at 1080p
Up to 60 frames per second at 720p

Up to 60 frames per second at 1080p
HDRHDR10

HDR10+

HLG
HDR10

HDR10+

HLG
Digital Rights ManagementHDCP 2.2

PlayReady 3.0

Widevine L1/L3
HDCP 2.2

PlayReady 3.0

Widevine L1/L3
Video CodecsH.263

H.264

H.265 (HEVC)

MPEG-2

MPEG-4

VP8

VP9
H.263

H.264

H.265 (HEVC)

MPEG-2

MPEG-4

VP8

VP9
Audio CodecsAAC-LC

AC3 (Dolby Digital)

AMR-NB

Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)

eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)

FLAC

HE-AACv1 (AAC+)

HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)

MIDI

MP3

Opus

PCM/Wave

Vorbis
AAC-LC

AC3 (Dolby Digital)

AMR-NB

Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)

eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)

FLAC

HE-AACv1 (AAC+)

HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)

MIDI

MP3

Opus

PCM/Wave

Vorbis
Accessibility FeaturesAudio Description

Closed Captioning

Screen Magnifier

Text Banner

VoiceView
Audio Description

Closed Captioning

Screen Magnifier

Text Banner

VoiceView
Warranty and Service90-day limited warranty and service

Optional 2-Year or 3-Year extended warranty for U.S. customers
90-day limited warranty and service

Optional 2-Year or 3-Year extended warranty for U.S. customers
PricingCheck price on Amazon.Check price on Amazon.

What’s in the Box

The 2021 version of the third generation Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with a third-generation Alexa voice remote while the 2020 version comes with a second-generation Alexa voice remote.

Aside from the aforementioned difference, the two products come with the same content.

You see what’s included in the 2020 and 2021 versions below:

3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (2020):

  • Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
  • Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen)
  • USB cable and power adapter
  • HDMI extender
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick (2021):

  • Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
  • Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen)
  • USB cable and power adapter
  • HDMI extender
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

Stick Weight

The 2020 and 2021 Fire TV sticks have the same weight at 32 grams.

Stick Dimensions

The two media playing sticks are also identical in terms of physical size with the following measurements:

3.4 in x 1.2 in x 0.5 in (or 86 mm x 30 mm x 13 mm)

Processor (SoC)

For the System on a Chip, the two devices use the MT8695D processor.

CPU

When it comes to the central processing unit, the two devices use a quad core 1.7 GHz CPU.

Application Binary Interface (ABI)

The ABI used for the old and new versions of the Amazon Fire TV stick is 32-bit.

GPU

Both sticks are equipped with IMG GE8300 for the GPU.

RAM

Furthermore, the two devices come with 1GB DDR4 RAM.

Storage

The Fire TV sticks each comes with 8 GB of internal storage.

Wi-Fi Features

You can take a look at the supported Wi-Fi features for the two media players in this versus guide below:

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

Ports

When it comes to ports, both devices come with a HDMI output as well as a Micro-USB power port.

Bluetooth

The 2020 and 2021 3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Sticks support Bluetooth 5.0 as well as Bluetooth Low Energy.

Remote Weight

The 2nd and 3rd Gen Alexa Voice Remote are the same when it comes to weight as both are 43.4 grams without batteries.

Remote Dimensions

The two remotes are also identical when it comes to size as both measure out at 38 mm x 142 mm x 16 mm.

Remote Batteries

You will need 2 AAA batteries, which are included, to power the two remotes.

Remote Technology

For communication, both the old and new remotes utilize Bluetooth.

Remote Buttons

The third-generation Alexa Voice Remote includes several buttons not found in the second-generation. The exclusives are a Guide button as well as shortcuts to the Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Hulu and Netflix apps.

You can check out the full list of buttons for the two remotes in this comparison guide below:

2nd Gen Alexa Voice Remote:

  • Power
  • Microphone
  • Voice Button
  • Navigation
  • Select
  • Back
  • Home
  • Menu
  • Fast Forward
  • Play/Pause
  • Rewind
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Mute

3rd Gen Alexa Voice Remote:

  • Power
  • Microphone
  • Alexa Voice Button
  • Navigation
  • Select
  • Back
  • Home
  • Menu
  • Fast Forward
  • Play/Pause
  • Rewind
  • Mute
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Guide
  • Amazon Prime Video Preset App Button
  • Netfilx Preset App Button
  • Disney+ Preset App Button
  • Hulu Preset App Button

Voice Support

For voice controls, you can use either the aforementioned Alexa Voice Remote or the Fire TV App.

Alexa Control

When it comes to using Amazon Alexa, both devices support far-field communications (although an Echo linked device is required) in addition to near-field communications.

IR Device Control

Both the 2020 and 2021 3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Sticks also support IR device control. This feature lets you use the remote to control other IR-enabled devices like you’re A/V receiver, soundbar and television.

Cloud Storage

The two sticks also support cloud storage for compatible digital media that were purchased on Amazon.

Miracast

Moreover, the two products support Miracast, a feature that lets you mirror the screen on a compatible Amazon Fire to your televisions.

Supported Output Resolution

The 2020 and 2021 versions of the Fire TV Stick are compatible with the following output resolutions:

  • Up to 60 frames per second at 720p
  • Up to 60 frames per second at 1080p

HDR

Both the older and newer sticks also support the following HDR features:

  • HDR10
  • HDR10+
  • HLG

Digital Rights Management

For DRM, the two devices use the following:

  • HDCP 2.2
  • PlayReady 3.0
  • Widevine L1/L3

Video Codecs

The 2020 Amazon Fire TV Stick and 2021 Amazon Fire TV Stick are compatible with the following video codecs:

  • H.263
  • H.264
  • H.265 (HEVC)
  • MPEG-2
  • MPEG-4
  • VP8
  • VP9

Audio Codecs

The two devices also support the following audio codecs:

  • AAC-LC
  • AC3 (Dolby Digital)
  • AMR-NB
  • Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC)
  • eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus)
  • FLAC
  • HE-AACv1 (AAC+)
  • HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)
  • MIDI
  • MP3
  • Opus
  • PCM/Wave
  • Vorbis

Accessibility Features

In terms of accessibility options, both products offer the following:

  • Audio Description
  • Closed Captioning
  • Screen Magnifier
  • Text Banner
  • VoiceView

Warranty and Service

The 2020 3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick and 2021 3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick each comes with a 90-day limited warranty and service.

U.S customers can also purchase an optional 2-Year or 3-Year extended warranty.

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