Here we go again. The gadget blogosphere is abuzz Wednesday with images of what may or may not be Microsoft's next-generation portable media player, the ZuneHD.
The renderings surfaced on the Windows Mobile Power User site without attribution or the more colorful flair of the earlier images leaked to Engadget on April 10. The big debate, of course, is whether these renderings are real or not--and more importantly, whether the accompanying specs have any validity.
Call them the fantasy musings of a Zune fanboy--or call them maybe real--here are the details, distilled from the Windows Mobile Power User via Engadget:
- Multitouch capacitive OLED screen in a 16:9 aspect ratio
- Will support Xbox "3D" games (unclear what this exactly means)
- Playback of "HD media" available from Zune Marketplace
- TV-out from what appears to be mini-HDMI port on the device's left side
- HD Radio
- Comes in 16GB or 32GB storage capacities (seems skimpy for HD, no?)
- Wireless sync (no reference to Bluetooth, however)
- A browser that supports multitouch
- Launches this fall ("around September") in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, and possibly other European countries
- Likely to be a "showcase" for Windows Mobile 7 when released (note: WinMo7 isn't supposed to be out until 2010, but rumor has it Microsoft is going to bring out "Zune services" for Windows Mobile phones)
- No word on price