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Tearing down the Microsoft Kin

Tech site Chipworks has cracked open Redmond's new phone and had a look at what makes the youth-oriented device tick.

While others have torn down the Kin in their reviews, the folks at Chipworks have done an actual teardown of the Microsoft smartphone.

For those who missed it, the Kin is Microsoft's effort to tailor a phone to the always-connected crowd. The device comes in two flavors, the squat, squarish Kin One and the longer, slightly more powerful Kin Two. The phone was developed and designed by Microsoft, manufactured by Sharp, and is sold in the U.S. on Verizon's network. It runs a variant of Windows Mobile, though not quite the same version being used in the Windows Phone 7 devices that will come out later this year.

Chipworks elected to do its inspection on the Kin Two device.

Among the chips it found were processors, cellular chips, and power chips from Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Avago, along with an image sensor from Sony and memory chips from Numonyx, Hynix, and Samsung.

Chipworks noted that one of the harder-to-find items was the Tegra processor that Nvidia had been touting as powering the Kin. It's there, Chipworks said, but hidden under some other stacked chips.

For those more interested in how the device runs from the outside, check out this "Living with the Kin" piece I did, or Bonnie Cha's official CNET review.