Microsoft Kin lives on… as a Chinese clone named after a Nokia phone
Kin was a Microsoft project that seemed to have had “mega-fail” written all over it ever since it’s been announced.
The Sharp-manufactured Kin One and Kin Two phones were overpriced, offered by Verizon in the US on expensive data plans, and reviewers were quick to point out the lack of required features (for a “social device”) like Instant Messaging, calendar, or Microsoft Outlook sync.
Anyway, Microsoft has hastily abandoned Kin, and thus the planned European release will never take place.
But if you still want to get a Kin phone, a Chinese manufacturer is here to help. Meet the X5-01 Haina G22, a Microsoft Kin One copycat that features a 2.2 inch QVGA screen, dual SIM capabilities, 1.3MP photo camera, and VGA front-facing camera for video-calling.
The X5-01 (which, as you may have noticed, has the same name as that Nokia QWERTY slider announced in Singapore this summer) is not yet available, but it should be, soon (probably only in China). The handset’s price is not known at the moment.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is hard at work to deliver Windows Phone 7 on time (next month). I wonder how long it will take until we see WP7 clones… Not too long, I assume.