It was a big day at San Francisco yesterday as Microsoft presented their first two phones: Kin One and Kin Two. The press event was called “It’s time to share“, probably because Kin phones will be the next step into social lives.
With this Kin, Microsoft wants to forward social networks to the next level and get a valuable part of the mobile phone consumers.
To merge social life with real life, Microsoft even made an experiment and picked a girl called Rosa to visit her social friends. The social experiment can be followed on Facebook. Now let’s get back to the social phones.
As we see in the screen shot taken from the official Kin website, both phones come with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a bright, clear touchscreen. A 5 or 8 megapixel flash camera is on the back of each model with great low light shooting ability. Kin One(5 megapixel) shoots videos in SD quality, while Kin Two(8 megapixel) shoots them in HD quality. The other difference between One and Two is the internal memory 4Gb vs. 8 Gb and the speakers which are mono vs. stereo. Both phones use the media player powered by Zune.
–Kin Loop is the name of the home screen and is the place where you will always be updated with latest social things(status, messages, feeds, photos) from your friends. It’s the same screen we described when we announced Windows Phone 7 Series.
–Kin Spot is the place where you will be able to share(videos, photos, text messages, Web pages, location and status updates). A dot spot will appear in the bottom center of the screen indicating that there you should put your things and then choose the friends you will like to share with.
–Kin Studio is the most interesting thing and features your social life in a browser. All photos, contacts, videos, call history are backed up and you can view it like a timeline.
Latest cool thing we want to present is the Zune experience. With a Zune subscription you will have access(over 3G or Wi-Fi) to everything from your Zune Library: Music, Videos, FM Radio and podcast playback.
As Microsoft stated, Kin One and Kin Two will be available in US from the beginning of May and in the rest of the world starting this autumn. A price has not been revealed yet.
Brought to life through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.