After a long wait, Microsoft has finally announced its two Windows phone handsets under “Pink Phone” project which known as The Kin One and Then Kin Two. The Kin One and Kin Two handsets are made by Sharp, the Kin One was formerly known as Turtle while the Kin Two was formerly known as Pure. The GUI of the phones has been featured with several social networking services to target younger users of both sexes, and it was unveiled during a “Time to Share” event.



The Kin phones is featured with Kin Loop which lets the users to monitor social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and etc. They are also featured with Kin Spot for sharing of data including media, sites, messages and location information. Besides, the phones have been improved with Kin Studio for creating an online backup of the messages, phones and video. They will also be the first Windows Phone to feature a Zune experience — including music, video, FM radio and podcast playback.

Key features of the Kin One:

  • Form factor – Vertical slide with QWERTY keyboard.
  • Display – 2.6-inch TFT, QVGA (320 x 240) and capacitive touch screen.
  • Camera- 5.0-megapixel CMOS anti-shake, autofocus and dual LED flash.
  • Speakers – Mono.
  • Memory – 256MB DDR RAM and 4GB of storage.
  • Battery – 1240 mAh.
  • Connectivity – EV-DO Rev A, Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, Hi-speed USB and 802.11b/g.
  • Other – Assisted GPS, FM radio, accelerometer.

Key features of the Kin Two:

  • Form Factor – Vertical slide with QWERTY keyboard.
  • Display – 3.4-megapixel TFT, QVGA (480 x 320) and capacitive touch screen.
  • Camera – 8.0-megapixel HDR CMOS from Omnivision with anti-shake, autofocus and Lumi LED flash.
  • Speakers – Stereo.
  • Memory – 256MB DDR RAM and 8GB of storage.
  • Battery – 1390 mAh.
  • Connectivity – EV-DO Rev A, Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, Hi-speed USB and 802.11b/g.
  • Other – Assisted GPS, FM radio and accelerometer.

The Kin phones are simply marketed as “Windows Phone”, and is not running on Windows Mobile (WinMo) operating system. It will probably been labeled as the sibling to the Windows Mobile phone, especially the upcoming Windows Phone 7, and are expected to be available by May in US via Verizon and sometimes later this year in Europe via Vodafone. However, the prices of the phones are not yet announced.

More information about Kin is available on http://www.kin.com/.

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