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Zune HD Prices Leak, Heavily Undercut iPod touch

Gordon Kelly


Updated: Zune HD Prices Leak, Heavily Undercut iPod touch

Good old Amazon...

It seems that the monstrous online retailer is often the source for leaking release details and/or pricing for the latest must-have equipment and now it has done it again with the Zune HD.

The site says we can expect the 16GB Zune HD for just $219.99 with the 32GB model coming it at $289.99. Yes, we are looking at dollar figures here, but as an indicator the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Apple iPod touch cost $299 and $399 respectively so Microsoft is clearly going for the throat.

As for a release date, Amazon simply states the duo are "Available for pre-order" but yet more leaks - this time at Best Buy - suggest 8 September could be the rather imminent arrival time. There is no word however on if the Zune HD will be the first Zune to go officially on sale outside of the US.

Yes, we're pretty excited and yes, for those who missed the original story, we are talking about a Zune. This is because the player will pack in a 3.3in multi-touch screen, output 720p HD video, integrate WiFi and have a built in web browser. We are still awaiting confirmation of most things though, such as size, weight, battery life, chipset (Tegra is rumoured), the type of Bluetooth support and whether or not it will sport a mooted 3MP camera.

That said, we expect Microsoft to be liberal with its codec support and enable drag and drop file transfers. So, in short, this could well be the iPod touch alternative for those who have always disliked Apple - and from what we can gather, that's quite a lot of you...

Expect something official to drop soon.

Update: A leaked display stand uncovered by Engadget suggests 15 September may now be the US Zune HD launch date.

Update 2: Launch has now been confirmed for 15 September in the US.


Amazon Listing Now Pulled (always a promising sign)

Best Buy via Gizmodo

Tony Walker

August 12, 2009, 5:13 am

And in the UK?



August 12, 2009, 5:37 am

It's crackalacking! ;))


August 12, 2009, 5:47 am

The Zune HD will be the first Zune to be sold outside of the US and Canada as far as I know. Size is - 2.07"x4.08"x.35", so a bit smaller than the iPod Touch. I'm not sure if prices of the Zune HD will still compare so favorably to the iPod's once Apple is done with their usual autumn iPod update. The Zune HD won't have a camera, but it does have a Tegra chip (http://www.engadget.com/photos.... The most notable omission from all the known specs so far is the battery life it will have, the battery isn't particularly big though. As for codec support, it's pretty much as limited in that respect as an iPod and it does not support simple drag and drop (you have to use the Zune software).

I'm still excited about this device though. I just don't really know why. Must be the slick interface they made for it, just check this video for example: http://www.engadget.com/2009/0...


August 12, 2009, 7:51 am


It looks like only a zune service will be released in the uk not the device itself.

As for undercutting the ipod touch expect that to be mere weeks as the apple ipod keynote is in september and we will have the inevitable price drop as most likely a 64gb touch moves the lower capacity models prices down. Also expect these touches to have the processor of the 3GS.

I think microsoft should bring this to market as a phone aswell, that interface is far and away better than windows mobile.


August 12, 2009, 8:02 am

@sarky - I couldn't agree more with pretty much everything you just said!


August 12, 2009, 1:07 pm

i thought tegra was confirmed? anyway thats what im excited about, just want to see real world performance of tegra. Its been talked about for so long now that i'd imagine a die shrink is close, further improving it.

seen a blurry video of the UI on the Zune HD and its really slick. if only they would release it in software for Windows Mobile


August 12, 2009, 3:24 pm

The devices are shipping (select countries including the uk) worldwide in the same timeframe read: not sept 15th but probably this year. Somerthing I think you missed OLED screen. Definately has tegra chip.


August 12, 2009, 3:32 pm

I've never been a big fan of touch screens but I love Zune. I'm still using the original 30GB model (which works incredibly well), but I feel compelled to buy the new one now. Its just so nice looking.


August 12, 2009, 4:21 pm

microsoft have been showing of the finished article for a while now.nobody anywhere ever mentioned a camera i don't know where the reporter got that from.

as for price mr gates likes pound=dollar.


August 12, 2009, 4:22 pm

The big problem I can see for the Zune is they only undercut the CURRENT iPod range. Apple will be launching a revamped Touch right around the time this comes out and if they double the storage capacity at each price point (which would seem sensible considering the Touch uses 2 memory chips to the iPhone's 1 and the latest iPhone goes up to 32Gb) then the new Zune is pretty much on the same price point as the new Touch. That pretty much makes it a no-brainer for the vast majority of users considering the massive ecosystem of both accessories and apps for the Touch not to mention the weight the Apple brand carries these days.


August 12, 2009, 5:34 pm

Colour me excited.

Never been a big fan of the apple/itunes.


August 12, 2009, 5:41 pm

that may be true bofh but if the zune syncs as mass storage and has full codec support and marketplace takes of then ill swap one for my ipod touch


August 12, 2009, 8:51 pm

@BOFH_UK: Yeah totally true. They should've priced it to match the iPod range of 2080 to be competitive. The only no brainer here...


August 12, 2009, 10:35 pm

The ipod touch is kind of a gaming platform now as well.. plus has a web browser and basic mapping and all that other stuff. The Zune HD still seems to be just a media player, therefore it feels a bit dated. Personally if I was going to buy "just a media player" I'd get a much smaller device.


August 13, 2009, 12:19 am

The zune has support for a few xbox arcarde games and don't forget it does have a tegra chip in it which means there is a real possiblity of some fairly decent games. It does have a browser that in all due fairness is looking very nice and smooth from what the guys at cnet were saying. Don't forget the real value of the zunes is not in the oringinal price but in the zune pass which for just $15 a month allows you access to the zune marketplace to theoretically download about 7 million songs, whilst getting to keep 10 drm free mp3s forever every month. So to summarise the reason I will get one is because I enjoy music, a lot, and I would love to have 'all you can eat' music for just $15 (probably) £10 a month that I can put on a device whilst keeping 10.


August 13, 2009, 11:15 pm

@Andrew: That supposes that Zune Pass will be available in the UK, which depends on MS getting the necessary licensing deals...

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