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Jun 25, 2009

Microsoft Zune HD

To be perfectly honest, I wasn't especially excited about the forthcoming Zune HD--not until I actually got the chance to have some hands-on time with the device. That opportunity presented itself last night, during a Microsoft event in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The Zune wasn't exactly the centerpiece of that show--that honor almost certainly went to Beatles Rock Band (which, for the record, was a blast).

In fact, the Microsoft rep who was talking up Zune actually slipped the HD from a pouch that he was holding in his pants pocket. The software on the thing still isn't final, but the device was able to play video, which looked pretty snazzy on that 480 by 272, 16:9 widescreen OLED. It should also be noted that Microsoft's Zune Insider podcasts have revealed that the Zune HD will use Nvidia's Tegra chip.

The hardware itself looks very sleek. The device is a lot slimmer than I had originally suspected. Microsoft is certainly starting to edge in on the iPod in the aesthetics department. Check out another up close picture of the device after the jump.

The Zune HD is due out in Fall of this year. No word on pricing.

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