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Microsoft’s Newborns – Kin One & Kin Two

Microsoft Kin Two

Microsoft Kin One

“Microsoft Corp. today announced KIN, a new Windows® Phone designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives. Brought to life through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.”

Based on currently available information, details of these phones are as follows…

Details (both phones):

  • Designed for social experience
  • OS: Based on Windows Compact Edition which is the core of Windows Phone 7 mobile OS
  • Embedded Zune Media Player for A/V
  • A special app to transfer files from Macs
  • Built-in FM Radio
  • Dedicated Emoticon keys
  • Bing search
  • No App Marketplace links
  • No Micro-SD slots
  • Display: Touchscreen
  • Input: QWERTY Keypads
  • New user experiences – Loop, Spot and Studio
  • KIN Loop: Home screen of the phone with widgets on the home screen. It connects the user’s third party services account on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace to keep them always updated. Users can select their favorite people and the Loop interface will show all latest updates from those folks.
    KIN Spot: A sharing sandbox where users can share text messages, photos, videos, location and even status updates. All these elements need to be simply dragged and dropped in a single place called Spot.
    KIN Studio: A cloud based service that backs up the text messages, call history, contacts, photos and even videos automatically to the cloud servers. Enough storage is promised so that users never run out of space.

    Details (KIN One):

  • A curvy squared slider that looks like a stretched Palm Pre
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • SD Video recording
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • Mono speaker
  • Details (KIN Two):

  • Slide out phone with full QWERTY keypad
  • 8.0 megapixel camera with LED Flash
  • HD video recording
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Stereo speakers
  • Prices are yet to be announced.


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