For those of you following our Freshness LiveBlog, you probably already saw a few teaser photos from the presentation we attended on Monday night. At the presentation Microsoft unveiled a new high concept social phone for the ‘sharing’ generation called the Microsoft KIN. Designed for those with active social sharing lifestyles, this is the perfect device to streamline the sharing of photos, links, likes, etc with most social networks or text/mms. The Microsoft KIN comes in two flavors with both sharing cool features such as bottomless storage, all photos are automatically uploaded to the ‘cloud’ or your online account for lifetime storage and safe keeping. Both will also feature a Zune Player which allows users with a Zune Pass subscription to listen to millions of songs from the Zune Marketplace or users can also load in their personal music collection. The first flavor is the Microsoft KIN ONE which is a small compact sized mobile device with 4 gigs of on board storage and a 5 megapixel camera. The second is the Microsoft KIN TWO which has a larger screen, larger keyboard, 8 gigs of on board storage and a 8 megapixel camera. And both are designed for used in low light with image stabilization and a bright LumiLED flash.
This new Windows Phone is closely integrated with a set of online services (or as Microsoft calls them ‘breakthrough new experiences’) called the Loop, Spot and Studio. The KIN Loop is basically the home screen featuring a visual feed of all the happenings in one’s social life. The KIN Spot is a cool little dot at the bottom of the screen which allows the user to easily drag nearly anything to share by sms, mms, email, facebook, twitter or the most popular sharing tools. The KIN Studio is basically everything on your phone online, almost anything created on the phone is backed up into a nice visual presentation accessible from any web browser, this is the bottomless storage of all the photos you take with the KIN. The Microsoft KIN ONE and TWO will be available this coming May exclusively on Verizon Wireless in the US and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. To learn all about the Microsoft KIN, check out KIN.com.