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Microsoft Kin coming to the UK on Vodafone

Two new Windows 7 mobile phones from Microsoft

Microsoft Kin One

The Kin One has a 5Mp camera

The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two smartphones come to the UK this autumn, exclusive to Vodafone.

The two Kin mobile phones will run the latest Windows mobile operating system, and feature slide out qwerty keyboards.

The Kin One and Kin Two social networking smartphones

The Kin One and the Kin Two are designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services, and browser-based experience for viewing photos, contacts and feeds from any computer, according to Vodafone.

Microsoft Kin Two

The Microsoft Kin Two has an 8Mp camera and a larger screen than the Kin One

The two handsets feature the Kin Loop, Kin Spot and Kin Studio functions. The Kin Loop is the name given to the homescreen that shows live feeds from the user’s chosen social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter or MySpace.

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The Kin Spot allows you to easily share content with friends

The Kin Spot is an on-screen area where photos, contacts or websites can be dragged and dropped to share with friends. To share a photo, you drag it into the ‘Spot’ and then drag in the contacts who you would like to share the picture with.

Microsoft Kin Studio

The Microsoft Kin Studio lets you access your phone’s data from your PC

The Kin Studio allows you to control your Kin from a PC

The Kin Studio provides you with access to your Kin from a PC. It lets you view and manage content, such as pictures, and it also allows you to view a log of the phone’s use on a day-by-day basis.

There are few other details available on the Microsoft Kin mobile phones at present, although we know that the Kin Two will be able to capture HD video, and that both models will support Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity and GPS.

We will bring you a first look video of the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two as soon as we can get our hands on them. We’ll buy each of the handsets when they launch in the autumn and put them through our full lab-based tests.

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