Microsoft may be working on a new hardware for its Zune HD. While the company has stayed mute on this subject, the rumors have all along indicated that Redmond may build one sequel to its Zune HD player before merging it with the emerging line of Windows Phone 7 products. So where are we getting the latest bit of information from? Well, a recent job opening at Microsoft is seeking applications from senior mechanical engineers who will join the team that built the original Zune HD to build “the next generation of portable entertainment and communication devices“.
Though this is all speculation, it will be interesting to see what Microsoft is planning to do with a hardware refresh. There are rumors that the company could incorporate the Windows Phone 7 platform to Zune HD to bring the device closer in utility to the iPod Touch and thereby make the product more attractive. That would really be terrific. Just that we still do not know if this is all going to be true.
The built in storage space on the Zune HD has now officially doubled. Microsoft announced the launch of the new 64GB Zune HD that will bring 20 hours of high definition video or 16,000 four minute songs to your pocket and streams at an impressive 128 bit rate.
Features wise, Zune HD 64GB is pretty much the same as other Zune HD devices. It includes a 3.3 inch OLED touch screen, NVIDIA Tegra chip and can connect via 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. The device weighs 74 grams or 0.16 pounds.
And the price? Zune HD 64GB retails at a price of $349.99 from the online Zune store. The 16GB and 32GB models of the device are available at $199.99 and $269.99 respectively.
[via Zunes Store
Microsoft has been sending out invitations to selected journos for an April 12 event with an over-riding theme of “It’s time to share“. While it is not totally clear what the event is going to be about, there are speculations that the event shall unveil the new 64GB Zune HD to the market.
According to PC Magazine, the new model Zune HD shall be available at a price of $349.99 and shall sell from ZuneOriginals.com. This follows a drop in prices of the smaller versions of Zune HD late last week. The 16GB and 32GB versions of Zune HD are now available at a price of $199.99 and $269.99 respectively.
As you may recall, the Zune HD was launched in September 2009 and comes with a 3.3″ multi-touch OLED screen and also includes features like wireless syncing, web browser and HD radio.