Microsoft Kin one and two

Today was a big day for Microsoft, as they announced the Kin One and Two, two Windows 7 handsets with a strong focus on social media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace will all be integrated into the phone’s OS with a featured called “Loop,” which acts as the phone’s home screen and displays constantly updating content from the sites in floating square boxes.

Meanwhile, all the photos and videos you take with the device will be seamlessly uploaded to  your online profiles by dragging them to a small dot on the screen’s bottom called the “Spot.” Sounds spiffy.

Sharp is producing the handsets, and specs for both phones include multitouch displays, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G. More specifically,the Kin One has a QVGA display, 4GB storage, a 5MP camera, and a full QWERTY keyboard. The Kin Two, the higher-end model, has a HVGA display, 8GB storage, an 8MP camera, and a landscape QWERTY keyboard. Each phone includes the Zune HD interface for music and video playback.

Verizon Wireless will be carrying the Kin One and Kin Two starting in May. Pricing is currently unavailable for both.


Chris Gullo