Microsoft Phone: Kin One and Kin Two For Social Media

We knew that Microsoft were to announce a couple of new handsets yesterday as part of its Pink Project – those have now been confirmed as the Kin One and Kin Two. Both phones have been designed for those who love social media – but will missing key features spoil Microsoft’s day?

Ginny Mies from PCWorld explains that the Kin 1 and Kin 2 has a target market of 25-year-olds and younger who loves to spend their time on Facebook as well as texting. These two handsets are the successors to the Sidekick and will be released in May on Verizon in the U.S. Those in Europe will get the phones on Vodafone.

Both Kin’s will run on a custom version of Windows Phone OS, not Windows Phone 7 that we were led to believe. The Kin social media handsets will come with a Zune HD player for media playback – a welcome break from the boring Windows Media player.

The Kin One will offer a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 4GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel camera. The Kin Two comes with a horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel camera.

We are uncertain of pricing; we will keep you informed once we learn more.