The Zune HD was finally announced officially by Microsoft on Tuesday. Here are the quick details:
- The Zune HD is targeted at the iPod Touch – it’s not a phone. (Darn)
- The screen is slightly smaller than the iPhone (480×272 vs 480×320), but so is the device.
- The screen is OLED.
- Multitouch is enabled, but they didn’t give details about how well it would work.
- Zune HD will play HD content through an adapter only – not onto the Zune’s screen.
- More details will be announced at E3.
There are three things that stick out to me:
- Microsoft said that the Zune HD is not a ZunePhone, and that they’re not building a ZunePhone. However, Microsoft is still working on a phone offering that will integrate into your Zune music. This ties in with what Microsoft is saying about driving their Zune brand “deeper” into the Microsoft community.
- Zune HD Radio? Cool.
- The development story for the Zune was unannounced, besides their statement about it running on a highly modified version of Windows CE – which really means the development story could like like anything.
More details will be announced at E3.