The Net has been buzzing in a big way this week with tons of details about the Zune HD, Microsoft’s next-gen, handheld multimedia device.
The FCC has filed its findings about the Zune HD on the FCC website, which provide a breakdown of the device’s specs and several pictures of its inner (and outer) workings. Engadget sums up the info learned:
- Zune HD will be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors
- The device’s user interface is built on Windows CE
- An NVIDIA Tegra chip is used for graphics processing
The FCC’s pictures, which you can view on Engadget’s website, also include several shots of the Zune HD’s dock (along with pics of the device itself with a bunch of Post-it arrow stickers all over it).
Next, Gizmodo got its hands on exclusive images of Best Buy’s inventory system, which reveal the suggested retail prices as $220 for the 16GB model, and $290 for the 32GB. I hope these turn out to be accurate, because they’re very competitive. The Best Buy inventory also lists the surprisingly-soon September 8th as the Zune HD’s launch date. That I have a bit of a harder time swallowing, since multiple reports lately have described the device’s UI as “still a work in progress,” and a release date less than a month away gives MS precious little time to do any real marketing to hype its release. (Then again, maybe they already are hyping it with all these carefully-choreographed “leaks”…?)
Finally, CNet’s Donald Bell has posted some new screenshots of the Zune HD’s mobile web browser. These represent the first time the browser has been seen. They reveal how the browser looks in both portrait and landscape mode, how the touchscreen typing handles (the verdict: “just as speedy and precise as the iPhone”), and one unannounced feature. To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Zune browser’s search capability is going to be powered by Microsoft’s Bing search engine.