Both phones are manufactured by Sharp and are targeted at social networking users. They come with a new homescreen called Kin Loop. Kin Loop is “always up to date and always on”, displaying feeds from various sources (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter etc) in one place.
Kin Studio is also a common feature of the new Microsoft devices. It “automatically backs up texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts” and lets you access them via any Web browser.
The Microsoft Kin One has a QVGA landscape touchscreen display, compact QWERTY keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, Media player powered by Zune, 5MP camera, and 4GB of onboard memory.
The Microsoft Kin Two has a HVGA touchscreen display and a bigger QWERTY keyboard. Moreover, the Kin Two features Wi-Fi, 3G, Media player powered by Zune, 8MP camera with HD video recording, and 8GB of internal memory.
Both devices are marketed as Windows Phones, but they don’t seem to run Windows Phone 7. Their cameras feature image stabilization and a bright LumiLED flash, which is reportedly 10x brighter than a normal LED flash.
Microsoft Kin One and Microsoft Kin Two will be available in the US via Verizon, starting May. Vodafone will bring the two phones in Europe in autumn (in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK). No word yet on pricing.
“We built KIN for people who live to be connected, share, express and relate to their friends and family. This social generation wants and needs more from their phone. KIN is the one place to get the stuff you care about to the people you care about most,” declared Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft.
You can check out the official Kin website here.
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