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Microsoft Makes Zune HD Official, Packs IE Browser

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 36 comments

Microsoft has finally put all those Zune HD rumors to rest.

The Redmond company yesterday announced that it would launch the Zune HD this fall. First off, what kind of device are we looking at here? Previous rumors gave the Zune HD some pretty serious specs.

Our favorite list was something along the lines of a multi-touch OLED screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and HDTV out, from an HDMI port on the side. That aside you’d aslo get HD radio and the device would offer support for HD media playback, available from the updated Zune Marketplace as well as support 3D Xbox games.

It will also have a web browser based off Internet Explorer, which I'm sure we can't wait to see how it measures up against the webkit-based browsers on the iPhone and Palm Pre.

Alright so we’re not quite getting the dream machine we hoped. The Zune HD will have a built in HD radio receiver as well as high-def video output and an OLED display and WiFi enabling users to surf the web and connect to the Zune Marketplace. This is basically Microsoft’s answer to the iTouch. Any iTouch owners regretting their purchase at the moment? I stand by my original statement that if this were also a phone, I’d be all over it.

Check out the Zune HD official website here.

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    grieve , May 27, 2009 6:29 PM
    looks good, the best thing about Zune is no Itunes!
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    grieve , May 27, 2009 6:29 PM
    looks good, the best thing about Zune is no Itunes!
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    leo2kp , May 27, 2009 6:30 PM
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    tenor77 , May 27, 2009 6:33 PM
    If I can play XBLA games I'm sold

    btw- Tecmo Bowl coming in 2010.
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    Enginerd , May 27, 2009 6:34 PM
    *Replaces Kindle 2 with Zune HD on Christmas list*
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    the_one111 , May 27, 2009 6:36 PM
    Might just buy one...

    *begins drooling*
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    spongebob , May 27, 2009 6:40 PM
    The page cannot be found

    I can't find the site by browsing manually.

    Has the page been pulled?
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    eddieroolz , May 27, 2009 6:50 PM
    Man, I'd like one of that.

    But I already have a Cowon S9 :( 
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    apmyhr , May 27, 2009 6:51 PM
    Actually I am glad they didn't try to make it into a phone. That means we shouldn't have to enter into a damn phone contract with one particular vendor. Besides, I got a Samsung Glide and I hate it because its to overcomplicated to be used as a good cell phone. In the future, I want to just have a simple NO TOUCH SCREEN cell phone and have a device like this, or ipod touch, to provide me with multimedia and internet browsing.
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    apmyhr , May 27, 2009 6:55 PM
    I was really excited to learn that you can play HD movies onto your TV. However, if I read correctly from other sources, it sounds like you can only do that through some Zune docking station. My dream was that I could keep my movies on this nice portable Zune, and be able to hook it up to any of my friends TV's using a regular HDMI cable. Oh well :( 
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    dman3k , May 27, 2009 6:56 PM
    I wonder if the carjack will work for not only music but also HD radio.
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    Enginerd , May 27, 2009 6:59 PM
    Official Microsoft Page:
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    foxyg , May 27, 2009 7:06 PM
    Does it support APE, FLAC? Does it play XBLA with achievements?
    I will be overover it, if it does.
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2009 7:15 PM
    No regrets buying iTouch, as marketplace is not available in Canada. Owned a Zune and brought it back the next day since MS doesn't advertise that marketplace is not in Canada.
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    Marcus52 , May 27, 2009 7:41 PM
    Dittos to the phone idea!
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    iron-e , May 27, 2009 7:45 PM
    My friend gave me his old 30gb zune when he got an Iphone. I bought a zune pass and use it with a cheap wireless auditor sender/receiver combo to wirelessly download and transmit music where ever I need it. It's an excellent solution for outside.
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    gm0n3y , May 27, 2009 7:50 PM
    People still listen to the radio?
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    falchard , May 27, 2009 7:53 PM
    I love Zune, best music service.
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    JMcEntegart , May 27, 2009 8:08 PM
    gm0n3yPeople still listen to the radio?

    I've rediscovered the radio in recent months. It's like turbo-shuffle and there's 10 stations for every genre.
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    jecht , May 27, 2009 8:13 PM
    JMcEntegartI've rediscovered the radio in recent months. It's like turbo-shuffle and there's 10 stations for every genre.

    I'm waiting for the metaphor-free radio ;) 
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    JMcEntegart , May 27, 2009 8:18 PM
    jechtI'm waiting for the metaphor-free radio

    Hey now, I got your metaphor-free radio right here! I said it was like turbo-shuffle. That my friend is a similie. Oh yes, jane is wearing her clever trousers today. :kaola"
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