Xiaomi’s Mi TV Stick and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick Lite are two interesting options to turn any TV into a smart one. Both bring Google Assistant and Alexa integrated, respectively, and offer the mainstreaming apps on the market, such as Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube.
Fire TV Stick Lite and Mi TV Stick Technical Sheet
|Specifications||Fire TV Stick Lite||Mi TV Stick|
|Processor||1.7 GHz quad-core||quad-core Cortex-A53|
|RAM memory||1 GB||1 GB|
|Storage||8 GB||8 GB|
|Operational system||Fire OS||Android TV 9.0|
|Resolution||60 Hz Full HD||60 Hz Full HD|
The design of the devices is very similar. Both have a shape that resembles a pen drive, even having a similar weight, around 30 grams.
The controls of the devices have a minimalist look, having a centralized circle that allows navigation through most functions. Xiaomi’s device features fewer buttons, while Amazon’s dongle offers more shortcuts to control playback.
The device specifications are also very similar. The Xiaomi dongle comes equipped with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-450 ARM GPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage, which according to the manufacturer, should represent an adequate experience with the Android system.
The Fire TV Stick Lite, on the other hand, brings a quad-core processor with a 1.7 GHz clock, GPU IMG GE8300, and the same 8 GB of internal memory and 1 GB of RAM. It is worth mentioning that Amazon’s device has a Fire OS operating system, from the manufacturer itself.
The operating system is the main difference between the products. Fire TV Stick Lite uses the proprietary Fire OS system, which promises to be lightweight and optimized, making the experience with the brand’s devices more fluid. Nevertheless, it is important to note the lack of popular services, such as Globoplay, for example, which is incompatible with the dongle.
In turn, the Mi TV Stick uses the Android TV operating system, which represents good flexibility for the user – like software for cell phones. This makes the Xiaomi dongle compatible with virtually any streaming service, besides supporting a wide variety of apps and games that are in the Play Store.
Both devices support Wi-Fi 5, a standard that is still the most common among routers and wireless products. This allows the user to connect the device in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, a frequency range that should be more interesting for streaming. Both also support pairing via Bluetooth, with standards 4.2 (Xiaomi) and 5.0 (Amazon).
The dongles also support voice commands through a specific button on the remote control, triggering Google Assistant, on the Mi TV Stick, and Alexa, on Fire TV Stick Lite. The maximum operating resolution is also the same for both devices: Full HD (1920 x 1080p) at 60 Hz, but only the Amazon device has HDR support.
Price and Availability
Both the Mi TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick Lite are officially available. Amazon’s dongle is sold directly through Amazon’s e-commerce, for $57.97, while Xiaomi’s device costs $36.99 at the Amazon store.