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Old 09-07-2018, 08:37 AM   #1
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Confused about my Kindle's generation and the E-Ink version

Good morning!

My head goes spinning even after a quick search... Everything started with a simple desire to know the E-Ink version of my Kindle Paperwhite's display, which, as this website claims, should have the older version, Pearl, instead of E-Ink Carta commonly used on e-readers nowadays.

So, I first checked Device Info page on my Kindle. No success! So, now I wanted to know more about it, i.e. which Paperwhite I use. It's not that I hadn't read the reviews and collected other info about the model before I actually bought it, yet the marketing tricks could easily mislead me. Anyways...

So, here's a list of clues I could collect so far from various sources (Amazon misses a lot) and the contradictory conclusions I've come to regarding both the generation and E-Ink version of my device:

1. We couldn't befriend with Google...
2. The serial number of my device starts with B024. Conclusion: I have Kindle PaperWhite WiFi (no generation info). E-Ink = Pearl?!
3. The version of the latest firmware installed on my device is 5.6.1.1. Conclusion: the model I have is not less than KP (5th generation), since I've never used jailbreak or else for upgrades; that's the version of firmware Kindle downloaded itself - all previous Kindle devices use also previous versions of the firmware. E-Ink = Carta?!
4. I bought my device in Feb 2013. Conclusion: I have KP 1st generation, not KP 2nd generation, since the latter was released AFTER I bought mine. Also, I couldn't find info about the E-Ink version on the first wiki-page; only the second one reports about E-Ink Carta used on 2nd gen. KP devices (which I presumably don't own). E-Ink = Pearl?!

So, can you pls advise which Kindle Paperwhite generation and E-Ink version I use?

Thanks!

Rustam M. Alhas

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Old 09-07-2018, 09:19 AM   #2
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You have first Kindle Paperwhite from 2012 which Amazon calls Kindle Paperwhite (5th generation). And you have the latest software version for your Kindle which is 5.6.1.1.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:31 AM   #3
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You have first Kindle Paperwhite from 2012 which Amazon calls Kindle Paperwhite (5th generation). And you have the latest software version for your Kindle which is 5.6.1.1.
Thank you, Lady Stardust, it helps a lot indeed!!!
Just to clear up a bit - am I right in understanding that I have E-Ink Pearl, not Carta?

Thanks again!
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The Kindle Paperwhite (1st generation) was announced on September 6, 2012, and released on October 1. It has a 6 in, 212 PPI E Ink Pearl display (758×1024 resolution) with four built-in LEDs to illuminate the screen.
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The Kindle Paperwhite (1st generation) was announced on September 6, 2012, and released on October 1. It has a 6 in, 212 PPI E Ink Pearl display (758×1024 resolution) with four built-in LEDs to illuminate the screen.
I didn't realize that. I thought all the Paperwhites had E-Carta screens. I guess I should have known better — 2012 is long time ago in eReader history.
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