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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Zune HD coming

This is interesting... the rumoured Zune HD has been confirmed.

Some stats, as posted by Engadget:

  • 3.3-inch, 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display

  • built-in HD Radio receiver

  • HD video output (utilizing a new dock -- not on-board)

Supposed to come out this Fall.

I've read that it will have an IE-based web browser, obviously Wi-fi connectivity.
The video out sounds like it uses a "sold seperately" HDMI dock, so I suspect (dread) that it's for HDTV only. I really need a composite video out.

The Zune has always interested me because it plays a bit more video codecs than iPods, WMV and .MP4. I'm not sure if it will play PSP-formatted .MP4.

OLED screen sounds very appealing, they are supposed to be brighter & very vibrant. I've also read that the Zune HD will have an accelerometer ala iPod Touch. It sounds very much like an iPod Touch clone, but it does have a radio, which is nice.

As far as I can tell, there's only 1 tactile button... I sure hope it has tactile, dedicated VOLUME controls.

I'm always looking for a media player that will match the features/versatility of my PSP, in a smaller more compact form.

It does look pretty. Not a lot of info about it right now. Hopefully we'll find out more about it next week at E3.


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