Microsoft unveils own-brand smartphones

Posted on Apr 14 2010 - 8:48am by simon

Microsoft has been in the process of developing its own smartphone range for some time and now the first two handsets have emerged, called the Kin One and Two.

Microsoft’s Robbie Bach said that the two mobiles are focused on social networking services, providing the user with complete, unified access to their various online persona’s.

Despite the fact that these phones are developed by Microsoft, it is actually shying away from imprinting its name anywhere on the outside of the mobiles. Instead the Kin brand will be used to mask the true identities of the phones.

The Kin One is a slider phone with a full QWERTY keypad emerging from beneath its almost square top half. The Kin Two looks more like a modern smartphone with its landscape sliding QWERTY keypad and larger display.

Both of the phones will use a cloud-based service called The Loop to keep them up to date with the latest tweets and status updates.

Although the social networking aspects will be completely integrated, Microsoft has said that the people you chat with and text using the phones’ standard functions will be kept in a separate contacts list to those with whom you only interact online.

Both of the Kin handsets use capacitive touchscreen technology, complete with the pinch to zoom feature that has been such a big hit on the iPhone.

The Kin Two can capture high-definition video at 720p, whilst the Kin One has a decently specified 5 megapixel camera and a bright LED flash.

Vodafone has announced that it will bring the two Kin handsets to the UK.

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