The Microsoft KIN phones may have become zombies as they are apparently back from the dead – and into a leaked Verizon roadmap for Q4. The zombified KIN One and Two have lost their pricey data plan – maybe now they’ll be more competitive. Mind you, you’d be still buying a canceled product…
The Microsoft KIN phones survived a mere 48 days before they were pulled off the US market and they never reached Europe. Now they are making a comeback and while they’ve dropped the expensive contract, you can still stream Zune Pass music from Wi-Fi hotspots.
The leaked file does not list price for either KIN, but their specs are pretty impressive. The KIN One (“ONEm” in the roadmap) is a tiny portrait slider with hardware QWERTY, 5MP camera and 4GB of built in memory. The KIN Two (“TWOm”) on the other hand is a bigger side-slider with QWERTY and 8MP camera with 8GB built-in memory.
Both KINs are built on the NVIDIA Tegra platform running at 600MHz and the Microsoft KIN Two records 720p video. Before you go “that’s a great deal!” keep in mind that their custom OS is rather limited – no apps, no games, no calendar and not even IM.