took the wraps off of two new mobile phones designed for social network users.
Known as the KIN One and KIN Two, the new phones
are the result of
a partnership with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, and Sharp.
closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience
just for this social generation — a phone that makes it easy to share your life
moment to moment,” said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices
Division at Microsoft. “We built KIN for people who live to be connected,
share, express and relate to their friends and family. This social
generation wants and needs more from their phone. KIN is the one place to get
the stuff you care about to the people you care about most.”
Both phones come with touchscreens and slide-out keyboards.
The 4GB KINOne is a more compact model with a vertical slider whereas the 8GB KINTwo has a horizontal slider with more advanced features. The cameras on both
phones have built-in image stabilization and LumiLED flash. You'll find a 5
megapixel camera on the KIN One and an 8 megapixel camera with high-def video
recording capabilities on the KIN Two.
Described as a phone built for the youthful audience, the
KIN family weaves social networking into the entire phone experience. The home
screen (aka the KINLoop) displays feeds from Facebook
, MySpace, and
Twitter in a single location. Another area of the phone known as the KIN Spot lets
you drag videos, photos, texts, Web pages, and other content to a single area
of the phone and share that content with others. The KIN Studio puts the
information from your phone on the Web. The KIN Studio automatically backs up texts, call history,
photos, videos and contacts, and creates a personalized digital journal.
Recognizing that music and photos are a big part of people's
lives today, the KIN includes the Zune Music & Media player and provides
one-click uploading of photos. KIN owners can use a Zune Pass subscription to
download music and video content.
The new phones will be available exclusively through Verizon Wireless
May. Vodafone will get the handsets in the fall; at that time, they will be available
in Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.