Microsoft announces funky new WinMo 7 handsets called Kin One and Kin Two
What was once called Pink, and I don’t mean the recording artist, I mean Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 7 project, is now called Kin under which the company has launched two new handsets. The handsets called the Kin One and Kin Two, those names are going to be real easy to remember, have only just been unveiled and are aimed at the social networking community. It’s not like there are any handsets that aren’t these days. But the bottom line really is that these are ‘youth’ oriented handsets and cater to the younger generations need for style, multimedia and of course social networking.
Here’s the catch, it seems that both of these handsets are not categorized as smartphones as you will not be able to log onto the net and simply download apps or games etc. it’s strictly meant for those who wish to be constantly online chatting and updating their status all day. According to some it’s ‘the most seamlessly connected phone on the planet.’
For it’s multimedia it’s got a Zune built-in. Well, WinMo 7 was the idea for a Zune Phone anywise. The 5MP camera on the Kin One and the 8MP on the Two add quite a bit more to the overall multimedia capabilities of these handsets. Plus let’s not forget how the social networking apps work when it comes to the camera so you’ll be able to upload and share all of you pictures and videos without a hassle. The Kin handset also comes with internal memory and no way of adding more via memory cards. The Kin One comes loaded with 4 Gigs and the Two has 8GB. Tegra is the one running behind the scenes and making the handsets as animated and smooth as possible.
The Kin One is a neatly little handset that can fit squarely in the palm of your hand. It slides up to reveal a pretty well laid out QWERTY keypad. The touchscreen display sports a 320 x 240 pixel resolution which is just perfect and on eth whole I have to say, in all heterosexuality, it’s a cute handset.
Now the Kin Two is slightly, only slightly more sophisticated but at the same time more of a standard design as compared to the One. It’s a got a larger touchscreen with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution and its 8MP camera that can record HD video up to 720p. Not bad at all.
One of the UI functions is called Loop that basically gives you live feed responses, postings updates etc. keeping you always in the know of your online life. Integration is the key and instead of having multiple SN apps, the Kins have a singular option, sort of a one stop for all networks. The other two UI features area called Spot and Studio. The handsets are also designed to seamlessly backup all of your data, media and what have you onto your PC without you having to do too much of.
So aside from a few minor drawbacks and not having tested the handsets myself, I’d have to say the Kin’s seem like a pretty good deal so far. I’m sure we’ll hear lot for before they get officially launched but till then I have nothing more to say. This is the first Zune phone as far as I’m concerned; I’m even a fan of the designs. They’re due out beginning in May exclusively from Verizon Wireless in the US and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.