Microsoft launches KIN – next generation social phones

Jonathan Morris
April 13, 2010

Microsoft KIN ONE & TWO models


Looking very similar to other social networking focussed handsets, like the Motorola DEXT or a Vodafone 360 handset (to name just two out of a considerable number), the KIN handsets have a front-end that is very similar in look to Motorola’s MOTOBLUR system that brings a range of social content together.

A new interface does away with traditional menus and icons, and each model uses a touchscreen with a traditional QWERTY keyboard to aid text input.

The KIN ONE comes with a 5-megapixel camera, while the KIN TWO has an 8-megapixel camera (each with a bright LED flash). Both models will also include the Zune experience, including music, video, FM radio and podcast playback. Subscribers who have a Zune Pass will be able to listen to millions of songs from Zune Marketplace on the go, or load on a personal collection via a PC.

The phones also include a web browser, and innovative ways to share content with Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Favourite people can be set to prioritise their updates.

KIN Spot is a new way to share content. Simply drag videos, photos, text messages, web pages, locations and status updates into a single place and then choose how to share them.

The handsets will be available in the UK in the Autumn, exclusively on Vodafone.








And the slide that they forgot to show at the launch event…!!

(Sorry, that’s just our attempt at being funny!)


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