Fire TV Stick vs. Fire TV Stick Lite

Both the Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick look identical and share many similarities in terms of performance and capabilities. The most noticeable difference is the price. We will highlight some key differences to help you decide between Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick.

Overall Results

Fire TV Stick

  • 1.7Ghz quad core processor.

  • Supports 1080p @60Hz

  • HDR Support.

  • Built-in Dolby Support (Atmos, Dolby digital, etc.

  • Remote controls power and volume for TV.

Fire TV Stick Lite

  • 1.7Ghz quad core processor.

  • Supports 1080p @60Hz

  • HDR Support.

  • HDMI Audio passthrough to Dolby Digital, etc.

  • The remote does not control TV.

Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick are very similar devices. They check nearly all of the same boxes. Both have the same processor and support full HD videos and HDR. They also both work with Alexa. The Fire TV Stick comes with Dolby support and the Fire TV Stick Lite has a simplified remote that cannot control your TV.

Specifications and Performance: Nearly identical

Fire TV Stick

  • Quad Core Processor 1.7GHz

  • GPU: IMGGE8300.

  • Memory: 1GB DDR4.

  • Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz.

  • Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus. AAC-LC, AAC+.

  • Fire OS 7.

  • Storage: 8GB.

  • Miracast: Supported.

Fire TV Stick Lite

  • Quad Core Processor 1.7GHz

  • GPU: IMGGE8300.

  • Memory: 1GB DDR4.

  • Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz.

  • Audio: HDMI Audio passthrough to Dolby Digital, Dolby Digi+, Dolby Atmos and DTS, AAC LC, AAC+ etc.

  • Fire OS 7.

  • Storage: 8GB.

  • Miracast: Supported.

The specifications of the Fire TV Stick (3rd generation) and Fire TV Stick Light (Lite) are nearly identical. Both devices have the exact same hardware, including the same processor, graphics processor and memory.

Audio codec support is the only difference between them. Both support the basic features, including AAC and MP3 and most options in between. However, the Fire TV Stick is limited to HDMI audio passthrough for Dolby atmos. The Fire TV Stick supports native Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos support.

The Fire TV Stick will deliver a significantly better Dolby Atmos sound experience in Dolby Home Theater setups. You won’t notice any difference if your TV has speakers or a basic audiobar.

These units perform the same because they have identical hardware. Although the Fire TV Stick Lite may be referred to as a budget device, the Fire TV Stick Lite performs at the same level.

Design and Remote: Alexa voice remote lite lacks TV controls

Fire TV Stick

  • Stick form factor.

  • Built-in HDMI output

  • Micro USB power source

  • Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Generation).

Fire TV Stick Lite

  • Stick form factor.

  • Built-in HDMI output

  • Micro USB power source

  • Alexa Voice Remote Lite.

The Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Stick Lite share the same hardware, but they have identical packaging. Both have the same stick shape that has been used since the original Fire TV Stick. They also have the same hardware under the hood.

Only the Fire TV Stick has a second-generation Alexa Voice Remote. The Fire TV Stick Lite has an Alexa Voice Remote Lite.

The Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Generation) has additional buttons including volume and power controls. It can also transmit via infrared (IR), to allow you to control your TV directly. This means that you don’t need a second remote and can use the Fire TV Stick remote for both your Fire TV remote and regular TV controls.

The Alexa Voice Remote Lite is the same functionality as the second-generation Alexa Voice Remote but lacks TV controls. You can still use Alexa to send voice commands, but it will not adjust the volume.

Price: The Price Difference Represents the Feature Differences (It is Small)

Fire TV Stick

  • MSRP: $39.99.

  • This product is intended to be an upgrade to Fire TV Stick Lite and a cheaper option than the Fire TV Stick 4K.

Fire TV Stick Lite

  • MSRP: $29.99.

  • This is a cheaper option if you don’t require native Dolby support and television controls.

 

This is because Amazon has made the Fire TV Stick Lite its entry-level streaming product. The Fire TV Stick Lite is $10 cheaper than the Fire TV Stick. In turn, you lose remote control and Dolby Atmos support. The Fire TV Stick is a slight upgrade to the Fire TV Stick Light and offers an affordable alternative to the slightly more costly Fire TV Stick 4K for those who don’t have a 4K TV.

Final Verdict: Do you have a Dolby atmos Sound System?

Two reasons to choose a Fire TV Stick instead of a Fire TV Stick Light: If you have a premium surround sound system or want the convenience offered by volume, power and power buttons on your Fire TV remote.

A Fire TV Stick is not worth the extra cost if you don’t care about the volume or power buttons and are using basic soundbars or TV speakers, then you shouldn’t spend the extra money. The Fire TV Stick is well worth the extra cost if your home theater system has Dolby Atmos and if you already have one.

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