Zune HD, Microsoft’s next-generation portable media player is set to debut in retail store on September 15, 2009, and has now available for pre-order. Zune HD is the first touch-screen Zune device that includes powerful playback technology, feature-packed PC software, and online services such as Zune Pass, providing users a different way to experience their favorite media on the go.
Main Features Of Zune HD:
- 3.3-inch OLED touch screen with 480 x 272 resolution and 16:9 widescreen format
- Integrated HD Radio receiver enables users to listen to higher-quality sound
- Supports HD video playback on Zune HD or on HDTV with premium HDMI Zune HD AV docking station (sold separately)
- Built-in Wi-Fi support for browsing, streaming or downloading new music from Zune Marketplace
- Internet browser for full-screen Web browsing
- Zune HD AV Dock (sold separately – $89.99) with HDMI and composite ports charges and syncs players while playing supported 720p HD videos on HDTVs
- Available in 5 different colors – black, red, green, blue and platinum
- Option to customize your player with 1 of 10 new engravings designed by guest artists
- Wirelessly sync Zune HD to home PC via home network
- Audio Support: Windows Media Audio (WMA) (.wma), Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) (.mp4, .m4a, .m4b, .mov) with or without FairPlay DRM and MP3 (.mp3)
- Picture Support: JPEG (.jpg)
- Video Support: Windows Media Video (WMV) (.wmv), MPEG-4 (MP4/M4V) (.mp4), H.264 video and DVR-MS4
- Battery: Music, up to 33 hours (wireless off); video, up to 8.5 hours
- Charging Time: 3 hours to charge from PC, 2 hours via AC adapter
Zune HD is available in 2 variants of memory capabilities – 16 GB and 32 GB. Microsoft has published complete technical specifications for both Zune HD models on Microsoft Store (Zune HD 16GB and Zune HD 32GB), with a more updated specifications with comparison between both Zune HD models available for download in PDF format: Zunespecs_0813.pdf
Zune HD 16GB and 32GB Prices
Zune HD 16 GB: $219.99
Zune HD 32 GB: $289.99
Consumers can now pre-order Zune HD in 16GB Black and 32GB Platinum through http://www.zune.net/zunehd from Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart and Microsoft, according to Microsoft’s press release. On September 15, Zune will be available from http://www.zuneoriginals.net. Currently only Microsoft Store and Amazon has started taking order for Zune HD pre-order, which can be accessed using link below.
Zune HD is set to debut internationally worldwide too, though not on September 15r, 2009 launch date, but later in the year.