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Zune HD Leaks, Microsoft Rivals iPod Touch

Gordon Kelly


Zune HD Leaks, Microsoft Rivals iPod Touch

Perhaps the Zune isn't destined to be relegated to Windows Mobile MP3 player software after all...

In what appears to be a valiant attempt to keep the struggling brand alive, images have leaked of Microsoft's 'Zune HD' - a touchscreen rival to Apple's iPod touch.

At this stage we know little other than the images are apparently legit and we can use the dim light of my intelligence to gather the bottom left picture indicates an accelerometer will be inside. As for the 'HD' logo, this is less certain as the phrase has been exploited and diluted to the point of meaninglessness. Will there be 720 pixels or more on the vertical resolution? Could the player be capable of playing back HD content on a lower resolution screen? For now we can only guess.

One thing I would suspect however is Microsoft is finally putting its Surface expertise into a mass market product. After all we've already seen its multi-touch tech wow crowds on the big ass table and similar demonstrations on Windows 7 have garnered a positive response. Besides, if Apple comes late to the touchscreen party and still hasn't got the tech ready the Zune brand will become even more lambasted.

Good luck Microsoft, we could do with someone giving the iPod touch a run for its money...


via Engadget


April 13, 2009, 6:45 am

You know what the Zune reminds me of? The scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt is getting it handed to him, by the mobster who owns the place. A perverse sense of masochism means he'll be damned if he's moving off his patch.


April 13, 2009, 2:21 pm

all that goodness of the *hopefully* brushed aluminium body and large screen - pease, microsoft, please don't put on a resistive touch screen.


April 13, 2009, 4:46 pm

Ooh, it's purdy. Will it ever see a UK release though?


April 13, 2009, 6:11 pm

Looks nice but who cares if they don't release it over here. Hopefully it'll have more than one button. Simplicity for the sake of it doesn't necessarily make something easier to use.


April 13, 2009, 7:41 pm

Even if we do see this in the UK, this is the last Zune device isn't it? I read Zune was just being rolled into MS's other multimedia efforts as software, and that the hardware team had all already lost their jobs.


April 13, 2009, 8:38 pm

Microsofts' last stand...

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