Amazon prices up Zune HD
Shipping next month?
Amazon has revealed how much you'll have to shell out for Microsoft’s upcoming Zune HD media player.
Amazon's Zune HD prices
The player will be available in two flavours: a $220 (£133/€155), 16GB model and a $290 (£175/€204) version with a 32GB storage capacity, Amazon’s US website states. The player hasn’t been inked for release in the UK, yet.
Amazon hasn’t added any technical details to its website, but Microsoft confirmed in May that Zune HD is built around a 3.5in, 480 x 272 OLED screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The player also features an integrated “HD Radio receiver” and an HDMI port, Microsoft said. The 16GB model has a black body, while the 32GB player will ship in a platinum shell.
A shipping date hasn’t been confirmed by Amazon – although it’s widely thought that the Zune HD will be available in North America next month. It’s worth noting that while Amazon says it’s already accepting pre-orders for the player, links for both capacities were currently down at the time we went to press. ®
All the fuss will be about its chipset,...
....the ZuneHD will be using nVidia's new 'Tegra' low-power-high-performance chipset. Its a low power GPU good for 1080p etc. Sorry M$, but I think the real stomping ground for this chipset will be on Android-based phones.
When Android gets its polish (as in shine) correct, I think this chipset and that OS could really give iSell a run for its money.
The only product microsoft will ever sell that doesnt suck.....
will be the windows vacuum cleaner.
I assume that isn't actually a case made out of platinum, or that might just be worth buying.
I think the HD is also because it outputs video to HD (to a HD screen).
I saw a demo of this zune and I have to say, apart from the app market, ipod touch has absolutely nothing on this.
Briefly on my shopping list
So I seen that it had HD radio so I was thinking, as we have just got digital radio in Australia that this would give me portable access to digital AM stations, to listen to sport on the go. But it seems that HD radio is a USA only thing and the rest of the world has so far gone with something else leaving the states (as usual) standing all alone.
So my cash will stay in my wallet thanks Microsucks unless you want to a add digital radio that is not a redundant "feature" in the rest of the world.
(do not have an MP3 or pod device, just a good old cassette Walkperson with AM/FM radio.)