Amazon Kindle Keyboard

"with free 3G wireless"

Announcement / Release
August 27, 2010
Discontinuation
around 2012
Birth Place
United States of America

About

Amazon announced the third generation Kindle, Kindle Keyboard, in September 2011. Amazon began shipping the devices on August 27, 2010. The Kindle Keyboard had a 6 inches (15 cm) screen with a resolution of 600x800 (167 PPI). The Kindle Keyboard is available in two versions. One of these, the Kindle Wi-Fi, was initially priced at $139 / £111 and connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi networks. The other version, called the Kindle 3G, was priced at $189 / £152 and includes both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. The built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, allowing it to download and purchase content from any location with cell service. The Kindle Keyboard is available in two colors: classic white and graphite. Both versions use a E Ink "Pearl" display, which has a higher contrast than prior displays and a faster refresh rate than prior e-ink displays. However, it remains significantly slower than traditional LCDs. An ad-supported version, the "Kindle with Special Offers" was introduced on May 3, 2011, with a price reduction of $25 less than the no ads version, for $114. On July 13, 2011, Amazon announced that due to a sponsorship agreement with AT&T, the price of the Kindle 3G with ads would be $139, $50 less than the Kindle 3G without ads.

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