Microsoft Kin One and Two Launching Tomorrow – Pricing Revealed

Microsoft Kin One and Two are surprising little devices in more ways than one. For one they are the first mobile devices from Microsoft’s stables and neither of them are powered by the Windows Phone series. But, trust me, that isn’t such a bad thing.

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In fact, the unique operating is one of the biggest strengths of the Kin handsets. It has been built from the ground up by Microsoft to make social networking pain free and enjoyable. It’s easy to see the demographics that Microsoft is targeting. The Kin phones are attractive looking handsets, which can’t compete with a top of the line smartphone, but both of them have plenty to please a teenager. Kin One and Two integrates Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, snaps pretty decent photographs and videos and provides access to unlimited music, if you have a Zune pass.

Unfortunately for the Microsoft, the Kins go wrong in the one area that youth oriented devices can’t afford to go wrong – pricing. At first glance, they may appear to be sweet deals. Kin One costs just $49.99 upfront, while the more feature packed Kin Two is available for $99.99. However, the real deal breaker is Verizon Wireless’ voice and data plans, which will set you back by at least $70 per month. On top of this, you will have to shell out extra for a Zune pass. Unless Verizon makes drastic amendments to their voice and data plans, I would recommend staying away from Microsoft’s debut offerings. They are interesting devices, but they don’t merit the absurdly high cost of ownership that Verizon is demanding.

Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two Full Specifications Revealed

Earlier this month, Microsoft surprised everyone by launching not one, but two mobile phones – Kin One and Kin Two. Undoubtedly, the biggest draw of the Kin phones is it’s enhanced social features. As mentioned in our original report, Kin tries to take social networking to the next level by reducing the noise and helping you to stay connected with the people who really matter.

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Although Microsoft shared with us the main features and specifications of the Kin handsets, a lot of other essential information was missing from the initial announcement. Thankfully, GSMArena has managed to fill in most of the missing data.

Both Kin One and Kin Two will be powered by 600MHz processor belonging to the Nvidia Tegra platform. They will also include 256 MB RAM along with capacitive multi-touch displays. All standard smart phone features like accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors will also be present the Kins.

Kin One Specifications

Dimensions: 82.6 x 63.5 x 19.1 mm
Weight: 110.6 g
Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 320 x 240 pixels, 2.6 inches,
Memory: 4 GB storage, 256MB RAM
CPU: Nvidia Tegra platform, 600MHz processor
Connectivity: GPRS – Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE – Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G – HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 2 Mbps
WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth – Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1240 mAh, Stand-by up to 200 hr
Misc: QWERTY keyboard, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Multi-touch input method, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

Kin Two Specifications

Dimensions: 115.1 x 65.3 x TBC mm
Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 320 x 480 pixels, 3.4 inches
Memory: 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM
CPU: Nvidia Tegra platform, 600MHz processor
Connectivity: GPRS – Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE – Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G – HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 2 Mbps
WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth – Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1390 mAh, Stand-by up to 232 h
Misc: QWERTY keyboard, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Multi-touch input method, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off

The Much Awaited Microsoft Pink Is Here – It’s Called Kin [Pictures + Video]

The rumored Microsoft phone is finally here and well… Microsoft has definitely succeeded in creating something different. Since, a picture is worth a thousand words, here are few snaps:

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Microsoft has decided to christen their first mobile handsets as Kin (actually there are two models, which will be called Kin 1 and Kin 2). Surprisingly enough, they won’t be powered by Windows Phone 7. Instead, Microsoft has opted to use a Silverlight powered platform, which has been designed from the ground-up for this project.

Microsoft is promising to take social networking to the next level by reducing the noise and helping you to stay connected with the people who really matter. Kin will feature multiple social network integration including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Windows Live. What makes it different from the likes of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and Motorola Cliq TX, is that it will allow users to prioritize updates from friends and family.

The key features of Kin are “The Loop” and “The Spot”. “The Loop” is the 3-pane home-screen, which provides access to your social feed, contacts and phone menus. “The Spot” is a circle at the bottom of the screen that allows users to share stuff with their contacts on various social networks.


Microsoft Kin – The Loop


Microsoft Kin – Kin Studio

Kin will come pre-loaded with loads of apps including Zune and Kin Studio. Kin 2 will also support 720p HD Video recording. You can learn more about these Microsoft phones from www.kin.com.

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