Microsoft has just announced its brand new Windows-powered smartphone known as KIN, where it was specially designed for folks who are actively navigating their social lives wherever they are. This is made possible thanks to their partnership with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, where KIN is meant to be the ultimate social experience which will blend the phone, online services and the PC together to deliver breakthrough new experiences known as the Loop, Spot and Studio. You can’t just pick up the KIN from anywhere as it will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless for folks living in the US from May onwards, while Vodafone is offering it in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom later this autumn.
After all, with the explosion of social networking over the past few years, it makes perfect sense for mobile devices to incorporate more and more social networking features so that users are able to remain connected round the clock, firing away updates for all and sundry to look at wherever they are – limited by the phone’s signal strength, of course. KIN is basically a smartphone with social networking built into its very fabric, boasting a fun, simple interface that was designed to help people publish the magazine of their life by “making the people and stuff they love the focus rather than menus and icons”. This is reflected in its unique hardware design that was developed alongside Sharp, resulting in something that won’t win beauty contests, but then again it isn’t like you would be ashamed to pull it out from your pocket either. Two models are available – KIN ONE and KIN TWO, where both of them share a touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard. ONE is relatively small and compact, letting you slip it into a pocket easily, where it can be operated with but a single hand. TWO comes with a larger display and keyboard, carrying more memory, a higher resolution camera, and the ability to record high-definition video for posterity. ONE and TWO will feature 5- and 8-megapixel cameras, respectively, and can even be used in low light conditions with image stabilization helping capture crystal clear images with its bright LumiLED flash.
Other features include a Zune experience, the first Windows PHone to do so, boasting music, video, FM radio and podcast playback. Thanks to your Zune Pass subscription, you are able to listen to millions of songs from Zune Marketplace on your KIN wherever you are. No idea on pricing, but it shouldn’t be too expensive on a contract.