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Microsoft’s Zune HD Gets Specs Shown Off [Updated]

Microsoft’s Zune HD Gets Specs Shown Off [Updated]

We've moved on from speculation and rumors, and now we finally have the cold hard facts regarding the Zune HD. And if you're anything like us, then you're eagerly anticipating the release of this PMP. Of course, nothing has really changed regarding the physical specs, but we now know the battery life, as well as the vide0 capabilities of this device.

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Zune HD AV Dock and other accessories detailed, priced

Zune HD AV Dock and other accessories detailed, priced

Since the Zune HD's 480 x 272 OLED display isn't actually high-enough resolution to display the 720p video the PMP is capable of, we've been waiting to see how much Microsoft charge for their official Zune HD AV Dock.  That accessory - and the rest of of the Zune HD peripheral range - have finally been added to the Microsoft Store for preorder along with the touchscreen PMP itself.

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Zune HD preorders taken: arrives September 15th

Zune HD preorders taken: arrives September 15th

Microsoft have officially announced the Zune HD for pre-orders, with the OLED touchscreen PMP set to land in pockets on September 15th.  Given the numerous leaks over the past few days, it comes as no great surprise to hear that the Zune HD is priced at $219.99 for the 16GB model and $289.99 for the 32GB model.  Your money gets you a 3.3-inch 16:9 480 x 272 display, NVIDIA Tegra chipset and - via an optional dock - 720p output for your HDTV.

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Zune HD gets two more hands-on video demos

Zune HD gets two more hands-on video demos

It seems that now the Zune HD seal has been broken, the hands-on video and photos won't stop coming.  After two sets of photos, plus a leaked UI video, now we have some more official footage of the OLED touchscreen PMP in action courtesy of PC Mag and Engadget.

Video demos after the cut

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Microsoft Zune HD Gets Another Release Date, Still No Official Pricing

Microsoft Zune HD Gets Another Release Date, Still No Official Pricing

As if it weren't enough to "see a pre-order screen", "the on-screen keyboard", and "speculated pricing", here we have evidence of a release date. But unlike the other rumors we've covered recently, this time we're seeing it in a far more physical way.

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Microsoft Xbox Might Be Heading Beyond the Console

Microsoft Xbox Might Be Heading Beyond the Console

The Xbox Live update went out today, which included a bit of a shocker in of itself, but something a bit more interesting has emerged from a Microsoft job posting, sent out yesterday. It looks like Microsoft is looking LIVE Community Director in the Entertainment & Devices Division. From the posting, it looks like Microsoft is vying to bring together not just the Xbox 360 and Zune, but also Windows Mobile.

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Microsoft’s Flash Zune Nowhere To Be Found in Zune Store

Microsoft’s Flash Zune Nowhere To Be Found in Zune Store

If you were hoping to buy your next Flash memory Zune from the official Zune Store, you're out of luck. It seems that Microsoft is taking the next logical step in getting ready for the onset of the Zune HD, and pulling their lower-memory models from their electronic shelves.

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Zune HD pre-order product page hits Amazon

Zune HD pre-order product page hits Amazon

Amazon have launched a pre-launch product page and a pre-order page for the Zune HD, offering users the opportunity to sign up for Microsoft's upcoming PMP.  While there is no release date mentioned on either Amazon page, and the pre-order links do not yet work, a Best Buy leak earlier in the week seemingly confirmed that Microsoft would be offering the two models - a 16GB and a 32GB version - with September 8th the date tipped for launch.

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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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