Zune HD

Zune HD browser and onscreen keyboard shown: Bing on board

Zune HD browser and onscreen keyboard shown: Bing on board

After their hands-on earlier this month with the Zune HD, CNET are back with a second round of photos showing the OLED PMP's on-screen keyboard and browser.  As you might expect, given the fact that the Zune HD's browser was developed by the Internet Explorer Mobile team, functionality is similar to what you'd find on a Windows Mobile device.

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Best Buy Shows Off Zune HD Pricing: $220 16GB, $290 32GB

Best Buy Shows Off Zune HD Pricing: $220 16GB, $290 32GB

We're coming up rather quickly on the still-rumored launch date of the Zune HD, and up until now we've received only random pieces of information regarding its build and software. Pricing, internal storage, and even the User Interface have been in question, and it seems we have a little bit more to go off.

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Zune HD UI demo video leaks

Zune HD UI demo video leaks

Microsoft have been attempting to keep the upcoming Zune HD's UI to themselves, but when you turn up with the PMP at an event full of camcorder-toting geeks you've got to expect some leakage.  Taking "no pictures" to not necessarily prescribe "no moving pictures", one enterprising fellow shot a demo video of the prototype Zune HD in action, which you can see after the cut.

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Microsoft Zune HD gets hands-on: awesome screen, proficient PMP

Microsoft Zune HD gets hands-on: awesome screen, proficient PMP

After the prematurely-released Zune HD press images yesterday, CNET had the chance to go hands-on with the latest pre-production model, and the best news (for Microsoft at least) is that they reckon it's the best Zune yet.  Gaining particular praise are the 3.3-inch OLED display, which is crisp and bright, while the browser - though lacking Flash support - works just like that of the iPod touch when it comes to multitouch gestures.

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Zune HD Images Surface

Zune HD Images Surface

As we eagerly await an official announcement about the Zune HD, some people were on the ball and snatched up these images of the devices as they were leaked out onto Twitter, presumably earlier this morning.

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Zune HD 16/32GB from $249 with 720p movie downloads?

According to an internal Microsoft tipster, the upcoming Zune HD will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and be priced from $249 to $280 for the entry-level model.  The company is considering a 64GB Zune HD later on in the model year, but the first of the PMPs will arrive in September; that tallies with previous rumors that fingered September 5th.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 25 2009

We've been singularly cellularly obsessed here at SlashGear over the past seven days, and it'll come as no surprise that the run-up to the iPhone 3G S has occupied much of our attention.  The new Apple smartphone may not look much different to its predecessor, but if our hands-on first impressions are anything to go by, Cupertino have done their best to make the user-experience as polished as the casing.  Still, it's not just shiny Apple hardware that's caught our eye this week; Novatel Wireless' GSM MiFi 2352 piqued our interest when we talked to the company themselves on Monday, and  then proceeded to impress us considerably in our full review.

Zune HD confirmed to use NVIDIA Tegra

Microsoft have confirmed that their upcoming Zune HD touchscreen PMP will use NVIDIA's high-definition capable Tegra chipset.  Speaking in the official Zune Insider podcast, product team member and show host Matt Akers revealed that the recent rumors about Tegra's adoption were true, describing the Zune HD with the NVIDIA chipset as "like a mini laptop in your hand."

NVIDIA: WinCE is priority over Android for Smartbooks

Microsoft and NVIDIA are working together to optimize Windows CE for Tegra-based Smartbooks, with NVIDIA exec Mike Rayfield describing Android as having a "rough user interface".  Windows CE, meanwhile, has a "low memory footprint and a good collection of apps" and "is a rock-solid operating system that has been shipped billions of times" claimed the general manager for NVIDIA's mobile business unit. 

After the cut: 1080p Tegra Smartbooks and more on the Tegra Zune HD rumors

Zune HD confirmed to use NVIDIA Tegra?

Rumors that Microsoft were eying up the NVIDIA Tegra platform for an upcoming smartphone have circulated for some time now, but it seems the company's new PMP may have beaten the cellphones to it.  According to PC Perspective, NVIDIA have confirmed that the Zune HD will use the Tegra chipset for its 3.3-inch OLED touchscreen and 720p HDMI output.

Zune HD landing September 5th?

Microsoft will launch the Zune HD PMP on September 5th, according to Paul Thurrott.  The Windows expert claims to "have been told" the date previously, but gives no indication of a specific source. 

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 22 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 22 2009

SlashGear has been hanging out with Google this week, at the I/O 2009 conference.  You can read our first day and second day highlights for the full details, but perhaps the most interesting news was Google's Wave demo for iPhone and Android, and Andy Rubin's confirmation that there should be 18-20 Android handsets on the market by the end of the year.  One of those is expected to be the HTC Hero; make sure to check out the promo video for the chin-heavy smartphone.

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