Microsoft Kin launch dates leaked

Microsoft’s Kin One and Kin Two phones (short for Kin-ship) will be available for pre-order on May 6th and general sale on May 13th, according to a few leaked internal photos.

The teen phones, slammed for only allowing 15 minutes of calls at a time, will have access to all the usual social notworking sites like Facebook and Twitter via a UI feature called “Kin Loop”. The entire phone is a custom job of the Windows Phone 7 “for a social networking audience,” according to Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division of Microsoft.

It will also have Bing built-in, but that’s hardly going to topple Google’s supremacy in the search market.

The Kin phones will only be available from Verizon in the US and Vodafone in Europe, but catch-up Europe will have to wait until Autumn before rich kids can make poor kids feel embarassed about their mobiles.