Microsoft Announces Kin One and Kin Two

Posted Apr 12, 2010

Microsoft has announced two new mobile phones: the Kin One (pictured left) and the Kin Two (pictured right). The introduction of the two new phones is the outcome of what Microsoft had in mind when they acquired Sidekick manufacturing company Danger.

The two devices are powered by a custom version of the Windows Mobile operating system. The web browser is believed to be based on the Zune browser. However there seems to be a lack of support for third-party apps according to Engadget.

The Kin One is a curved square slider with 4GB of internal storage, a QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and a QWERTY keyboard.

The Kin Two has an HVGA display and a QWERTY slide form keyboard. The Two has an 8MP camera and 8GB of internal storage.

Both phones can sync photos and videos using online storage so internal storage should not be a huge factor in your decision making if you want one of the phones.

The two phones also have features called “Spot” and “Loop.” Loop aggregates social media content from Twitter and Facebook. Spot is a green dot at the bottom of the screen where you can drag around content such as maps, status updates, videos, etc.

Both phones will be landing on Verizon in May for the U.S. Vodafone will have the phones available in Europe in the Fall. No word on prices yet. [Engadget]