This week, Redmond-based Microsoft Corp. officially unveiled to the world two new Windows Phones, namely Kin One and Kin Two, both aimed mainly at those users who want quick access to social-networking services like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter and are actively using social networks. “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,” said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft previously named Turtle and Pure, the two Pink phones from the company are the result of a partnership with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation. “Working closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation – a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment to moment,” said Robbie Bach.
According to the company, the handsets are due to become available for purchase in the United States of America exclusively via Verizon Wireless starting the next month. In Europe, KIN will come sometime during fall in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom via Vodafone, when the users will be able to enjoy a new OS, which will remind everyone of Windows Phone 7, and a very new UI, heavily focused on social networking, a new browser, capacitive touchscreen displays with multi-touch.
The Kin One has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and the Kin Two an 8-megapixel camera. Kin One includes a QVGA display, slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, a square form factor and 4GB of internal storage. Kin Two boasts an HVGA display, a sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard and 8GB of internal storage. The Kin One has a mono speaker while the Kin Two gets stereo speakers, and of course both have a 3.5mm headphone jack together with an FM radio. In addition, they both include Nvidia’s Tegra APX 2600 chip for a high-quality multimedia experience, including 720p high-definition video playback and recording, Nvidia spokesman Bruce Chan said. And they both include support for 3G, WiFi and Bluetoothand they are being positioned as feature phones for “Generation Upload”.
The devices come with KIN Loop, Microsoft’s new homescreen, KIN Spot, a simple sharing solution, and KIN Studio (photos and videos are freed from the confines of the phone and presented in an online visual timeline so they are easy to view and share). Besides, these two phones are the first Windows Phone to feature a Zune experience: there will be Zune video and music support, including optional Zune Pass subscriptions, but no games.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing as yet.