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Amazon_Kindle_3Developer Amazon.com
Manufacturer Foxconn
Product family Kindle
Type E-book reader
Release date November 19, 2007
Introductory price $399
Operating system Linux 2.6.26
Power 1,750 mAh 3.7 V, lithium polymer, BA1001 model – Kindle 4: 3.7 V 890 mAh – Kindle Touch: 3.7 V 1420 mAh
CPU Original: Marvell Xscale PXA255 400 MHz, ARMv5 – Kindle 2: Freescale i.MX31 532 MHz, ARM11 – Kindle 3: Freescale i.MX35 532 MHz, ARM11 – Kindle 4, Touch: Freescale i.MX50 800 MHz, – Paperwhite: Freescale i.MX50 800MHz Rev. 1.1
Storage capacity Internal flash memory (available total/user) Original: 256/180 MB – Kindle 2: 2/1.4 GB – Kindle 3: 4/3 GB – Kindle DX: 4/3.3 GB – Kindle 4: 2/1.25 GB – Kindle Touch: 4/3 GB – Kindle 5, Paperwhite: 2/1.25 GB
Memory Kindle 3: 256 MB – Kindle 4, Touch: 256 MB – Kindle 5, Paperwhite: 256 MB
Display Electronic paper 6 in diagonal, 3.6 in (91 mm) × 4.8 in (120 mm), 600 × 800 pixels (0.48 megapixels), 167 ppi density – Original: 4-level grayscale – Kindle 2, 3, 4, 5: 16-level grayscale – Kindle DX: 9.7 in (246 mm) diagonal, 824 × 1200 pixels (0.99 megapixels), 150 ppi density, 16-level grayscale – Kindle Paperwhite: 6 in diagonal, 758 × 1024 pixels (0.78 megapixels), 212 ppi density, 16-level grayscale, LED frontlit
Graphics None
Input: USB 2.0 port (micro-B connector), SD card (original model only), 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack built-in stereo speakers, and AC power adapter jack
Controller input D-pad and keyboard (some models)
Camera None
Touchpad None
Connectivity Amazon Whispernet using EVDO/CDMA AnyDATA wireless modem (selected models), 802.11bg Wi-Fi (Kindle 3) 802.11bgn Wi-Fi (Kindle 4, 5, and Paperwhite)
Dimensions Original: 8.0 in (203 mm) H, 5.3 in (135 mm) W, 0.8 in (20 mm) D – Kindle 2: 8.0 in (203 mm) H, 5.3 in (135 mm) W, 0.36 in (9 mm) D – Kindle 3: 7.5 in (191 mm) H, 4.8 in (122 mm) W, 0.34 in (9 mm) D – Kindle DX 2: 10.4 in (264 mm) H, 7.2 in (183 mm) W, 0.38 in (10 mm) D – Kindle Touch: 6.8 in (173 mm) H, 4.7 in (119 mm) W, 0.40 in (10 mm) D – Kindle 4, 5: 6.5 in (165 mm) H, 4.5 in (114 mm) W, 0.34 in (9 mm) D – Kindle Paperwhite: 6.7 in (170 mm) H, 4.6 in (117 mm) W, 0.36 in (9 mm) D
Weight: Kindle 1, 2: 10.2 oz (290 g) – Kindle 3: 8.7 oz (247 g) – Kindle 3 Wi-Fi only: 8.5 oz (241 g) – Kindle Touch 3G: 7.8 oz (220 g) – Kindle Touch: 7.5 oz (213 g) – Kindle DX 2: 18.9 oz (540 g) – Kindle 4, 5: 5.98 oz (170 g) – Kindle Paperwhite 3G: 7.8 oz (222 g) – Kindle Paperwhite: 7.5 oz (213 g)
Amazon Kindle models, E Ink devices: Kindle (original) (white), Release date: November 19, 2007 – Kindle 2 (white), February 23, 2009 – Kindle 2 International (white), October 19, 2009 – Kindle DX (white), June 10, 2009 – Kindle DX International (white), January 19, 2010 – Kindle DX (graphite), July 1, 2010 – Kindle Keyboard (white/graphite), August 27, 2010 – Kindle Keyboard with special offers (graphite), Wi-Fi: May 3, 2011, 3G/Wi-Fi: May 25, 2011 – Kindle 4 (silver), September 28, 2011 – Kindle Touch, Touch 3G (silver), September 28, 2011 – Kindle 5 (black), October 1, 2012 – Kindle Paperwhite, Paperwhite 3G (black), October 1, 2012
Android devices: Kindle Fire (graphite), Sep 28, 2011

The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers created by Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices allow customers to shop for, download, browse, and study e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as other digital media by way of wireless networking. The hardware platform, created by Amazon.com subsidiary Lab126, started as a single device and now comprises a selection of devices – most utilizing an E Ink electronic paper display capable of rendering 16 tones to simulate reading on paper whilst minimizing power consumption.

Naming and evolution

The Kindle name was devised by branding consultant Michael Cronan who was asked by Lab 126 to name the item. Cronan and partner Karin Hibma recommended Kindle, which means to light a fire. They felt this was an apt metaphor for reading and intellectual excitement.

Kindle hardware has evolved in the original Kindle introduced in 2007 along with a Kindle DX line (having a bigger screen) introduced in 2009. Announced in September 2011, the range now consists of devices with keyboards (Kindle Keyboard), devices with touch sensitive screens (Kindle Touch), a tablet pc having a reader app along with a color display (Kindle Fire) along with a low-priced model with an on-screen keyboard (Kindle).

Amazon has also introduced Kindle software program for use on numerous devices and platforms, such as Microsoft Windows, iOS, BlackBerry, Mac OS X (ten.five or later, Intel processor only), Android, webOS, and Windows Telephone (not accessible in numerous components of Europe). Amazon also features a “cloud” reader to permit customers to study, and buy, Kindle books from a internet browser.

Content material for the Kindle may be bought on-line and downloaded wirelessly in some nations, utilizing either regular Wi-Fi or Amazon’s 3G “Whispernet” network. Whispernet is accessible with out any monthly fee or wireless subscription, even though charges may be incurred for the delivery of periodicals as well as other content material when roaming internationally beyond the customer’s house nation. Via a service known as “Whispersync,” clients can synchronize reading progress, bookmarks as well as other info across Kindle hardware devices as well as other mobile devices.

Within the final 3 months of 2010, Amazon announced that within the United states of america, their e-book sales had surpassed sales of paperback books for the very first time.

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