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Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen vs 1st Gen [2022 Update]

In Comparisons by Tim Brennan

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In this post, I will attempt to dispel some misinformation about the differences between the Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen vs 1st Gen models of this cool little box with Alexa built-in.

It’s a bit confusing how this has gone down, so hear me out, and I’ll break it all down in the next section with a little Fire TV Cube History lesson.


Fire TV Cube History Lesson

I love my Fire TV Cube. It’s great to control my TV using everyone’s favorite voice assistant. I just say, “Alexa, open YouTube,” and boom YouTube is on my screen after a few seconds.

fire tv cube 3rd gen vs 2nd genI have the 2nd Gen Cube and can’t wait to get my hands on the new 3rd Gen model. However, there has been some confusion over the (now) three generations of the Cube, so I will attempt to help set the record straight.

To summarize:

  • Amazon announced its new Fire TV Cube 3rd Generation on September 28, 2022. The company said the new Cube performs 20% better than its predecessor.
  • The last significant upgrade to Fire TV Cube was the September 2019 release of the 2nd-Gen Cube.
  • A 3rd-Gen Alexa remote began shipping with the Fire TV Cube in 2021. This is the only difference between the Fire TV Cube 2019 and 2021 2nd-Gen products.
  • The 3rd Gen Fire TV Cube and the 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube (2021 release with the updated remote) are available for purchase at Amazon. You can also get a refurbished Cube with the older remote if you want it.

Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen vs 1st Gen: Comparison Table

The following table compares key specifications of the Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen vs 1st generation side by side. For more detailed hardware and compatibility specifications, refer to the links at the bottom of this table.

Latest Model
fire tv cube 3rd gen
Available at a Discount
fire tv cube 2nd gen
Original Cube
fire tv cube 1st gen
Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen
Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen
Fire TV Cube 1st Gen
Year Released
2022
2019
2018
Processor / GPU
Octa-core 4x 2.2GHz 4x 2.0GHz, with 800 MHz GPU
Hexa-core, with ARM Mali G52-MP2 (3EE), 800MH GPU
Amlogic s905z, Quad-core 1.5GHz
Video Formats
Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9, AV1
Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9
Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9
Video Resolution
720p/1080p/2160p
720p/1080p/2160p
720p/1080p/2160p
Video Frames Per Second (FPS)
60 FPS
60 FPS
60 FPS
Audio Formats
AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC), Dolby MAT
Dolby Atmos, Surround Sound
Dolby Atmos, Surround Sound
Storage
16 GB internal
16 GB Internal
16 GB Internal
Memory [RAM]
2 GB internal
2 GB internal
2 GB internal
Ports
HDMI Input, HDMI Output, IR Extender, Power, USB-A, Ethernet port
HDMI Output, Power, Micro USB, Wired Infrared support, Ethernet
HDMI Output, Power, Micro USB, Wired Infrared support
Amazon Alexa Voice Control
On-board for most TV Commands
On-board for most TV Commands
Cloud
Remote Control
4th Gen Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote
2nd Gen Fire TV and 3rd Gen Alexa Voice Remote
1st Gen Fire TV Remote
Wi-Fi Connectivity
Wi-Fi 6E Tri-band. Also supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi networks (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)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2x2 MIMO (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
Bluetooth 4.2 + LE
Bluetooth 4.2 + LE
$139.99
$59.99
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Latest Model
fire tv cube 3rd gen
Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen
Year Released
2022
Processor / GPU
Octa-core 4x 2.2GHz 4x 2.0GHz, with 800 MHz GPU
Video Formats
Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9, AV1
Video Resolution
720p/1080p/2160p
Video Frames Per Second (FPS)
60 FPS
Audio Formats
AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC), Dolby MAT
Storage
16 GB internal
Memory [RAM]
2 GB internal
Ports
HDMI Input, HDMI Output, IR Extender, Power, USB-A, Ethernet port
Amazon Alexa Voice Control
On-board for most TV Commands
Remote Control
4th Gen Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote
Wi-Fi Connectivity
Wi-Fi 6E Tri-band. Also supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax wifi networks (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual band).
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
$139.99
Available at a Discount
fire tv cube 2nd gen
Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen
Year Released
2019
Processor / GPU
Hexa-core, with ARM Mali G52-MP2 (3EE), 800MH GPU
Video Formats
Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9
Video Resolution
720p/1080p/2160p
Video Frames Per Second (FPS)
60 FPS
Audio Formats
Dolby Atmos, Surround Sound
Storage
16 GB Internal
Memory [RAM]
2 GB internal
Ports
HDMI Output, Power, Micro USB, Wired Infrared support, Ethernet
Amazon Alexa Voice Control
On-board for most TV Commands
Remote Control
2nd Gen Fire TV and 3rd Gen Alexa Voice Remote
Wi-Fi Connectivity
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2x2 MIMO (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz dual band)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.2 + LE
$59.99
Original Cube
fire tv cube 1st gen
Fire TV Cube 1st Gen
Year Released
2018
Processor / GPU
Amlogic s905z, Quad-core 1.5GHz
Video Formats
Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9
Video Resolution
720p/1080p/2160p
Video Frames Per Second (FPS)
60 FPS
Audio Formats
Dolby Atmos, Surround Sound
Storage
16 GB Internal
Memory [RAM]
2 GB internal
Ports
HDMI Output, Power, Micro USB, Wired Infrared support
Amazon Alexa Voice Control
Cloud
Remote Control
1st Gen Fire TV Remote
Wi-Fi Connectivity
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; 2x2 MIMO (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.2 + LE
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Last update on 11/22/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

For detailed specifications:


Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen

fire tv cube 3rd gen vs 2nd genThe Fire TV Cube 3rd Generation is the latest Cube generation from Amazon. It is a significant refresh since the 2nd Generation 2019 Cube was released.

Both Cubes let you control your TV using Alexa and support 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos audio.

There are three major differences between the Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen Cube.

First, the 3rd-Gen Cube’s octa-core processor is 20% faster than the 2019 model, according to Amazon. Second, the new Cube also includes an HDMI input, which allows you to free up an HDMI port on the back of your TV. Third, the newest Fire TV Cube also has Video Super Resolution (VSR) upscaling, which gives older quality content a clearer, sharper picture.

The new HDMI port is a game changer for me, as I constantly swap out HDMI cables in the back of my Samsung TV.


Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen vs 1st Gen

fire tv cube 3rd gen vs 2nd genWhen the 2nd Gen Cube was announced in September of 2019, Amazon announced the five key performance improvements that Amazon’s development team made to Cube 2nd Generation over the 1st.

This included some significant hardware and Alexa software updates that increased the performance of the Fire Cube for Amazon’s customers.

Local Alexa TV commands started getting processed right on the device rather than in the Cloud, and the latest HDR standards are supported, including HDR Dolby Vision and HLG.

Significant hardware upgrades included a faster Amlogic S922z Quad-Core processor (2.2GHz) and an improved GPU (ARM Mali G52-MP6, 800MHz). These same upgrades ship in the Fire TV Cubes being sold on Amazon today.

The Gen 1 Cube is discontinued and no longer available.


Evolution of the Fire TV Cube Remote

The latest remote that ships with the 3rd Generation Fire TV Cube is the 4th Gen Alexa Voice Remote. Amazon added some customizable action buttons to the remote (four buttons at the bottom). You can use to launch your favorite apps, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and more.

4th Gen Alexa Voice Remote

Alexa Voice Remote (4th Gen)

In 2021, Amazon began shipping the 3rd generation Alexa remote with the 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube. This remote also had app buttons at the bottom, but you were limited to specific networks. It looks like this:

3rd Gen Alexa remote

Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen)

The 2nd Gen Alexa Voice Remote shipped with the early 2019 version of the 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube up until they started including the 3rd Gen remote (above) in 2021. The 2nd Gen remote looks like this (no preset app buttons at the bottom):

Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd

Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen)

As of this writing, this remote still ships with some refurbished 2nd Gen Cubes.

📚 Related: 5 Best Remotes for Fire TV


Will there be a New Fire TV Cube in 2022?

Now we know the answer to this question is a big YES. Amazon put rumors of the 3rd Gen Cube to bed when it announced the new Fire TV Cube 3rd Generation on September 28, 2022.

The new 3rd Gen cube sports a fabric outer wrapper and is available for pre-order.

If you pre-order the new Cube now, it will ship in late October. I have pre-ordered mine and am looking forward to testing it for all of you. I plan to do some performance tests on my YouTube channel, so please subscribe if you are interested in learning more.

Video Review: For now, you can check out this “first-look” video from Doc Squiffy. What’s really in that box, man?

📚 Related: Fire TV Cube Black Screen Fix


What’s In the Box?

The box contents for each generation of the Cube are essentially the same. Here’s what you get:

fire tv cube 3rd gen vs 2nd gen

Retro: My Fire TV Cube 1st Gen Box!

  • Fire TV Cube
  • Power adapter
  • User Documentation
  • Alexa Voice Remote
  • 2 AAA batteries for the remote

⚠️Important: It is important to note that you will, at a minimum, need an HDMI cable to connect this device to your television. The cable is not included with the Fire TV Cube and must be purchased separately if you don’t have a spare hanging around.

Optionally, if you want to use an IR extender or Ethernet cable with the Cube, these must also be purchased separately.

Here’s a little unboxing video I did on my YouTube channel of the 2nd Gen Cube a while back. Please subscribe!


Product Dimensions and Weight

Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen
Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen
Fire TV Cube 1st Gen
Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen
Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen
Fire TV Cube 1st Gen
Height
3.38" (86mm)
3.4” (86.1 mm)
3.4” (86.1 mm)
Width
3.38" (86 mm)
3.4” (86.1 mm)
3.4” (86.1 mm)
Depth
2.99" (77 mm)
3.0” (76.9 mm)
3.0” (76.9 mm)
Weight
509.6 g
16.4 oz (465 g)
43.4 g (without batteries)
Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen
Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen
Height
3.38" (86mm)
Width
3.38" (86 mm)
Depth
2.99" (77 mm)
Weight
509.6 g
Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen
Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen
Height
3.4” (86.1 mm)
Width
3.4” (86.1 mm)
Depth
3.0” (76.9 mm)
Weight
16.4 oz (465 g)
Fire TV Cube 1st Gen
Fire TV Cube 1st Gen
Height
3.4” (86.1 mm)
Width
3.4” (86.1 mm)
Depth
3.0” (76.9 mm)
Weight
43.4 g (without batteries)

Last update on 11/22/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen vs 1st: Solved?

fire tv cube 3rd gen vs 2nd genI hope this article on Fire TV Cube 3rd Gen vs 2nd Gen vs 1st Gen helped you better understand the generational differences.

I think where the confusion happened is that when Amazon started shipping the 3rd Gen Alexa remote with the 2nd Gen Cube, people thought there was a “3rd Gen Cube” at that point. But no—it was still the same hardware, just a different remote.

But now we have the new 3rd Gen to look forward to (woo).

Are you as excited as I am to start using the new 3rd Gen Fire TV Cube? I have a bunch of high-end remotes, but my 2nd Gen Cube is my favorite way to control my TV with Alexa.

Anyhow, I hope this was helpful. Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.

📚 Related: 5 Best Remote Apps for Fire TV