Microsoft's Project Pink gives rise to Kin One and Kin Two

By Team Digit | Published on 13 Apr 2010
Microsoft's Project Pink gives rise to Kin One and Kin Two

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Project Pink has laid itself bare, unveiling the names of the devices that were codenamed Turtle (left) and Pure (right). The siblings emerging: the smaller, vertical sliding Turtle shall be called Kin One; the bigger, horizontal sliding Pure will be Kin Two.

Featuring a whole new breed of Windows - a cloud-based social networking OS - the Sidekick inspired phones are manufactured by Sharp, survive on instant messaging, and sport the following specifications:

  KIN One KIN Two
 Display 2.6" TFT, QVGA (320 x 240)
capacitive touch screen
3.4" TFT, QVGA (480 x 320)
capacitive touch screen
 Camera 5.0MP CMOS with anti-shake, autofocus, dual LED flash 8.0MP HDR CMOS from Omnivision with anti-shake, autofocus, Lumi LED flash 
 Memory 256MB DDR RAM, 4GB storage 256MB DDR RAM, 8GB storage
 Connectivity EV-DO Rev A, Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, Hi-speed USB, 802.11b/g EV-DO Rev A, Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, Hi-speed USB, 802.11b/g
 Speakers
Mono Stereo
 Battery 1240 mAh 1390 mAh
 Form Factor
Vertical slide, QWERTY Horizontal slide, QWERTY
 Others Assisted GPS, FM radio, accelerometer Assisted GPS, FM radio, accelerometer

 

The two compact, sturdily-built devices shall launch in May, with Verizon Wireless in the United States and Vodafone (Germany, Italy, Spain and UK ) in Europe. Their social networking geared operating systems have an easy on the eye Metro UI interface, but are not quite Windows Phone 7, and do not offer much choice in terms of expandability and are missing some core elements alongside a few advanced features - no browser support for Flash Lite or Silverlight; no native image/video editing software; and for social phones, it is surprising they do not have a universal inbox or calendar support. 

KIN One

The phones however, while not offering advanced functionalities, still manage to serve up a lot - with their economical Zune pass, and their Zune HD players and Zune-based browsers, which are compatible with both  PCs and Macs. The cloud-based custom Kin OS automatically uploads images and videos to the Kin server with a service called Kin Studio, and you just need to log in to find them all in your limitless online storage. Kin Spot, another service, plays the role of picture sharing/uploading tool for the social networking sites, primarily supporting only Facebook and MySpace. Kin Loop is the news, event and update stream, continuously feeding data in realtime, unless the user opts-out explicitly. The phones also offer HD video recording.

The capacitive touch-screens sport a gesture-based multi-touch interface, and it looks responsive. In short, these phones are geared towards feature-rich seamless simplicity, instead of subtle intricacies, and serve their calm purpose with Silverlight.  

 

KIN Two

 

 

 

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