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ZuneHD confirmed; specs released

26 May, 2009 (18:56) | zune news | By: Harvey Chute

The ZuneHD is officially announced by Microsoft today, and features:

  • 3.3-inch, 16:9 widescreen display
  • 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display
  • Multi-touch capability on the touchscreen
  • Built-in HD Radio receiver. HD Radio provides higher-quality sound than traditional radio, and allows additional song and artist data to be displayed on the player. Some stations also multicast in HD, so you can switch from HD to HD2 or HD3 for additional listening options. And, you can tag songs to buy them from HD Radio, just like you can now with the Zune’s Buy From FM feature.
  • HD video output lets you play high-definition video on an HD TV, though a (separately-sold) HDMI dock.
  • Web browser - Internet Explorer-based, customized for ZuneHD and optimized for multitouch functionality.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows for streaming of Zune Marketplace tracks to the player
  • Built-in accelerometer. This is cited as being used with the web browser, but presumably would be available for other functions as well. Gaming, perhaps?
  • Touch-screen QWERTY keyboard. This is also cited as a browser capability, but its presence could be a sign that it’s available for other functions, too. We’re hoping it is for Wi-Fi sign-on and Marketplace browsing, for example.

No official word yet on price or capacity. (It is a flash-drive player - not a hard drive model.) Release date for this is expected in the fall.

More info is at the official site: http://www.zune.net/en-us/mp3players/zunehd/default.htm