Microsoft “Its Time to Share” Event Presents Kin One and Kin Two, Details Within

The Microsoft event is over in just half an hour and the World is greeted with not one but two Microsoft Social Media oriented phones, the Kin One and Kin Two.

Obviously, Microsoft targeted the teens. They asked “thousands” of teens on what they wanted on their phone and even gave them a cold turkey of not having their phone for a week so that they could write down what they missed on their phone based on this experience.

So, based on the input, KIN ONE and KIN TWO were created. According to Engadget who got the chance to play with the phone after the event, these are the specs.

Kin One

  • Windows Phone OS
  • no support for in-browser Flash or Silverlight
  • basically a curved square slider with a QVGA display
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • have WiFi and Bluetooth
  • synced to Kin Studio based on Silverlight

Kin Two

  • Windows Phone OS
  • no support for in-browser Flash or Silverlight
  • HVGA display
  • more traditional landscape QWERTY slide form factor
  • 8 megapixel cam
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • have WiFi and Bluetooth
  • synced to Kin Studio based on Silverlight

And these are from Kin Official Website.

Kin One and Kin Two are based on Sharp technology as the Microsoft collaborate with Sharp. One thing to note is that Kin One does not shoot HD video. Only Kin Two shoots HD video. Correct me if I am wrong.

And Microsoft is out all the way to introduce Kin Loop and Kin Spot.

Kin Loop

Kin Loop is the way the information is displayed on the phone and the status of your friends and etc. You can arrange it to the way you wanted it. Here are some simulated screenshots of my facebook account on Kin One and Kin Two.

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And Kin Two

Kin Spot

Kin Spot is something that I like. You drag whatever things that you need. A picture, a contact, a website or even a map location into Kin Spot and you can then use them later to send to friends and etc.

Kin Studio

Microsoft mentions that Kin Studio is like a Kin on a PC. Powered by Silverlight, you are able to see your pictures, video, SMS and etc on it. With the timeline function, Microsoft mentions that it is like a time machine where you can go back to the day to see what pictures was taken and etc.

The phone will be released next month (May) in US to Verizon and no mention of prices or world wide release. The reaction of people has yet to come but it seems to be on a good start. I wonder what other application can this phone install (according to Engadget, Kin cannot install 3rd party software). With its Zune like browser and Windows Phone 7 look-alike UI (of course, Kin has all the faces of people all around it), it really targets the teens. Hopefully, it comes up with a price that suits them.

Click Here to KIN Official Website

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