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DISASSEMBLED: Kin Two Phone With Nvidia Tegra

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Microsoft's Kin Two gets the teardown treatment.

Microsoft recently launch the Kin One and Kin Two, a couple of social networking smartphones that didn't so much as make a splash as they did a plop. Still, these are the very first Microsoft-brand smartphones and that's a milestone for the company. Interesting or not, these devices represent a big step for Microsoft and pave the way for future devices.

We know the phones are based on the same foundation as Windows Phone 7, though they don't actually run any iteration of the new mobile OS. We've seen videos of the UI, and we know what messaging, social networking and surfing looks like. However, we don't know is what it looks like on the inside. Luckily the folks over at Chipworks have taken one of the devices apart and laid the pieces out for us to see. We're still waiting to see what the oddly-shaped Kin One looks like splayed out on a white table so you'll have to make do with spot-the-Tegra with the Kin Two for now.

Click on through to Chipworks for more images and full details of the teardown.

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    NapoleonDK , May 18, 2010 10:33 PM
    Why they didn't put Win phone 7 on there we may never know... =\

    What a weird pair of phones, uhg...
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    alextheblue , May 18, 2010 10:34 PM
    Interesting. I would definitely like to see a Windows Phone 7 device with Tegra 2, down the road.
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    alextheblue , May 18, 2010 10:37 PM
    NapoleonDKWhy they didn't put Win phone 7 on there we may never know... =\
    ...

    Why didn't HTC put Android 3.1 on the Incredible?
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    house70 , May 18, 2010 10:38 PM
    AlexTheBlue...Why didn't HTC put Android 3.1 on the Incredible?

    could be cause the latest Android iteration is Froyo (2.2)?...
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    fulle , May 18, 2010 10:39 PM
    I can't see a phone with this bad of a UI and design selling to teenagers (they're not THAT stupid). Its obviously a cute "tween" phone... but with a 30 dollar a month data plan.

    This device will crash and burn badly.
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    NapoleonDK , May 18, 2010 10:41 PM
    Bwahaha... @house

    Alex was saying that they didn't put Android 3.1 on the Incredible because it wasn't out yet, making a parallel to my statement as to why they didn't put WP7 on the Kin. Also making me snort Dr Pepper out my nose...

    We all just want to see the new tech already! Android FTW BTW...
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    NapoleonDK , May 18, 2010 10:44 PM
    Also, I'm well aware that there is no Android 3.1 or WP7 out yet, just making conversation is all. :D 
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    lauxenburg , May 18, 2010 10:49 PM
    NapoleonDKWhy they didn't put Win phone 7 on there we may never know... =\What a weird pair of phones, uhg...


    They are quite weird. You are right. Look kind of Asian?
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    NapoleonDK , May 18, 2010 10:53 PM
    lauxenburgThey are quite weird. You are right. Look kind of Asian?
    Yeah sorta. The Kin One could probably be made to look like the Ring phone from the TV series Chuck.
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    Camikazi , May 18, 2010 10:56 PM
    house70could be cause the latest Android iteration is Froyo (2.2)?...

    I think that's their point, Windows Phone 7 isn't out yet :p  just like Android 3.1 is not out yet.
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    bison88 , May 18, 2010 11:03 PM
    house70could be cause the latest Android iteration is Froyo (2.2)?...



    Don't feel bad, I completely missed the joke myself. Its been one of those days I guess.
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    miloo , May 19, 2010 8:53 AM
    totally lack of design, seriously it looks like crap~
    it wont bring any attention from teenagers~ i guess
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    alextheblue , May 19, 2010 10:33 PM
    NapoleonDKBwahaha... @houseAlex was saying that they didn't put Android 3.1 on the Incredible because it wasn't out yet, making a parallel to my statement as to why they didn't put WP7 on the Kin. Also making me snort Dr Pepper out my nose...We all just want to see the new tech already! Android FTW BTW...
    Glad I could help. Everyone needs a little Dr. Pepper in their nostrils, once in a while. :p 

    Also, glad you can take a ribbing. Although it went right over House's roof, which caused my Jokeware to load facepalm.exe, which caused an illegal operation on my glasses, causing them to crash. Not good, House. Not good.
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    B-Kills , May 20, 2010 2:24 PM
    not a phone I would look into until a few years pass and they release something competitive.