Microsoft has revealed it’s take on social orientated phones, aptly naming them KIN One and Two respectively. Both of these handsets are aimed at the younger socially connected audience, older teenagers and young adults. As they’ve been designed specifically for one market there are a few things missing from many handsets coming to market. For instance, there is no support for apps, no expandable memory, but perhaps this is for a reason. Everything on the phones themselves sync to a cloud service which backs them up fully, which will be heavily relying on 3G service to be on par.
Taking a look at the KIN One specs:
- QVGA 320×240 capacitive touch screen, multi-touch
- 5 megapixel camera, LED Flash
- VGA video recording
- 4GB of non-expandable storage
- Full slider QWERTY.
KIN Two specs:
- HVGA 480×320 capacitive touch screen, multi-touch
- 8 megapixel camera, LED Flash
- 720p video recording
- 8GB non-expandable storage
- Full slider QWERTY.
Both of these handsets are run by Nividia’s Tegra, which has the ability to output smooth graphics with more efficiency and battery life, and as both of them have the Zune HD UI at first glance, it does a pretty decent job. Both phones will have support from the Zune Music and Video service allowing to download music and video directly. Whilst the social aspect means there is support of Facebook, Twitter and one would presume Myspace too. The whole social sharing feature is based around a central spot, which acts as a focal point for sharing.
The New Way to Share
The home screen of the phone is called the KIN Loop, which is always up to date and always on, showing all the things happening in someone’s social world. KIN automatically brings together feeds from leading Microsoft and third-party services such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter all in one place, making it easier to stay connected. Customers can also select their favorite people, and KIN will automatically prioritize their status updates, messages, feeds and photos. Another unique feature, the KIN Spot is a new way for people to share what’s going on in their world. It lets them focus first on the people and stuff they want to share rather than the specific application they want to use. Videos, photos, text messages, Web pages, location and status updates are shared by simply dragging them to a single place on the phone called the Spot. Once all the people and content are in the Spot to share, the consumer can choose how to share, and start broadcasting.
Both KIN phones will be available in the US via Verizon Wireless from May 2010 whilst Vodafone has taken them on to distribute in Europe and particular to Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and will start offering them this Autumn.