Microsoft's Kin One, Kin Two Smartphones Coming to Verizon

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Microsoft's Kin One, Kin Two Smartphones Coming to Verizon

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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The Kin One features a sliding form-factor, a touch screen, a mono speaker tuned for speakerphone and 4GB of memory.

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The Kin One also includes what Microsoft claims is a "compact keyboard for one-handed texting."

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The Kin One boasts a 5.0-megapixel embedded camera, with a dedicated camera button.

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The Kin Two includes a long-form factor with sliding QWERTY keyboard.

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The Kin Two utilizes an 8.0-megapixel camera, capable of shooting HD video.

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The Kin Two includes stereo speakers. Neither the Kin One nor the Kin Two will feature Adobe Flash.

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Both the Kin One and Kin Two feature a media player powered by Zune. Verizon will be the exclusive carrier in the U.S. of both devices.

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Kin will feature local and Web search by Bing, along with an RSS feed reader to pull information from the Web.

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Packaging for the Kin One and Kin Two.

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The Kin phones home screen loops in feeds from social sites such as MySpace and Facebook, updating peoples status updates and messages.

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The materials included with each Kin re-emphasize the devices young, socially-connected demographic target.

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Kin Studio backs up texts, videos, contacts and other phone information into the cloud, allowing users to retrieve that data even if the phone becomes lost or damaged.

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