Microsoft has announced the launch of its KIN smart phone, which will be available in the US from May and in the UK from autumn.
Developed in partnership with Sharp, Verizon and Vodafone, the device has been designed to help active social networkers “publish the magazine of their life”.
The hardware was developed in collaboration with Sharp and feature a touch-screen and slide-out keyboard. Two models have been created – the KIN One is compact and has been designed to be operated with one hand and can fit in a pocket, while KIN Two carries a larger screen and keyboard, larger memory, a higher resolution camera and the ability to record HD video.
“Working closely with our partners, we saw an opportunity to design a mobile experience just for this social generation — a phone that makes it easy to share your life moment to moment,” said the president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, Robbie Bach.
“We built KIN for people who live to be connected, share, express and relate to their friends and family. This social generation wants and needs more from their phone. KIN is the one place to get the stuff you care about to the people you care about most.”