How to Tell the Difference Between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen Amazon Fire TVs (Physically)?

by Nor Kanjanahattakij

Hello and thank you for visiting our ScreenCloud Help Center. This article will go through how to tell the difference between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd gen Amazon Fire TV, by looking at the physical body of the device.

Since releasing the first Fire TV in 2014, Amazon has continued to release new generations of the device, releasing the 2nd generation in 2015 and the all-new 3rd generation in 2017. All of these devices have been discontinued, with Amazon currently stating on their website that the Fire TV has been replaced by the new Fire TV Stick 4K, released in October 2018. Amazon also sells the  Fire TV Cube, which it released in June 2018.

The full list of Fire TVs Amazon has released is as follows:

  • Fire TV 1st generation - released in April 2014, discontinued
  • Fire TV 2nd generation - released in September 2015, discontinued
  • Fire TV 3rd generation - released October 2017, discontinued


You can quickly differentiate between the 1st and 2nd generation Fire TVs by looking at the ports in the back of the device. The 1st generation Fire TV has a larger power port and an optical audio port. The 2nd generation Fire TV doesn't have the optical audio port but does have a microSD slot:



The 3rd generation Fire TV is much smaller and has much fewer ports than the 1st and 2nd generation devices. You can quickly differentiate it with its unique diamond shape, with the Amazon logo placed accordingly.



For more information about the differences in specifications between the 1st and 2nd generation Fire TVs please check out AFTVnews website.

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