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Microsoft Reveals Full Zune HD Specifications

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Microsoft Reveals Full Zune HD Specifications

The Zune HD has now been doing the rounds for some time following it's leak, limited spec leak, unveiling and subsequent launch date leak. Yep, Microsoft you may want to rethink your security. Still, it has finally filled in the gaps we wanted to know...

So let's now rattle through the complete picture:

  • 52.7 x 102.1 x 8.9 mm and just 73g

  • 3.3in OLED 480 x 272 pixel multi-touch display

  • Tegra chipset

  • 720p output support at 30fps (WMV HD & H.264)

  • FM/HD Radio

  • WiFi (b/g) & wireless PC synchronisation

  • Mobile web browser

  • Audio codec support for WMA, WMA lossless, AAC and MP3

  • Video codec support for WMV, Mpeg4, H.264

  • HDMI output

  • Up to 33 hours continuous music playback

  • Up to 8.5 hours continuous video playback

  • Charge time three hours, two hours to 90 per cent capacity

  • 16GB and 32GB versions (but expect a 64GB iPod touch in September)

  • Launch 15 September. 16GB $219.99, 32GB $289.99
Yes, it's an impressive list and you can't but wonder how difficult it would have been to add phone and SMS functionality into the Zune HD. Still, as it stands, the player does look a match for the iPod touch though given its September launch time - a month when Apple is expected to announce a larger capacity, faster, cheaper, camera equipped iPod touch - we have yet to see its real competition. Microsoft also lacks the App Store/gaming infrastructure that comes with an iPod touch so it will be interesting to see if Windows Marketplace will carry support.

Finally, there is still no news of an international Zune HD launch, but Microsoft has long said it would only sell to other countries when it felt the quality of its Zune players was up to scratch. I'd say that's now...


Zune HD 16GB Product Page

Zune HD 32GB Product Page

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August 14, 2009, 9:49 pm

Oooh, I so want one!!

I really hope they bring this to the UK, but that would mean teh HD Radio feature would be useless (darned DAB!!) but cripes, it looks very sweet indeed!

It would mean I could get rid of my iPod Touch as this looks much better.

Fingers crossed!


August 14, 2009, 10:31 pm

Very nice, however, I suppose it was too much to hope for a wider range of formats supported, Ogg, FLAC etc.


August 14, 2009, 10:42 pm

No mkv support = fail.

And I was looking forward to it as well :(


August 14, 2009, 10:49 pm


I know it's Microsoft, but seriously what's wrong with including Flac and/or Ogg? Complete fail for me simply because of that. Granted my Touch HD means I'm not in the market for a Zune anyway, but at least with WiMo you can use a media player than CAN do those FREE TO USE AND IMPLEMENT CODECS

FFS! /rant


August 14, 2009, 11:19 pm

Steve Ballamer himself said that Europe could expect a zune HD launch by Christmas - however that was said off the record so how true that is we can only tell. Although many, other zune reps have said similar things in the past they appear now to be a lot more confident, especially since Canada now has the zune.


August 15, 2009, 3:53 pm

Who's Steve Ballamer?



August 16, 2009, 2:19 am

The microsoft steve guy LOL tried finding his name but couldn't so that part of the post was an epic fail!

Adam Foreman

August 16, 2009, 3:35 pm

All it needed was some sort of MicroSD/SD Card expansion slot and his would sway me to buy instantly.


August 16, 2009, 6:00 pm

Idd, micro SD support and more formats and this thing would have been fotm.

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