angry tapir writes: "The first smartphones based on Nvidia's low-power Tegra chips will soon be here, in the form of the new Kin devices announced by Microsoft. Nvidia says Tegra can bring advanced graphics capabilities with the low power consumption needed by mobile phones. The Tegra chips include an Arm-based processor, a GeForce graphics core and other components. The Kin will come in two models: the Kin One, and a wider, more powerful model called Kin Two. The devices will be sold exclusively in the U.S. by Verizon, starting next month. In Europe, Vodafone will be the exclusive provider, starting around October."