Microsoft’s Zune HD (Features and Price)!!

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Microsoft Corp has launched a slimmer, revamped version of its Zune handheld music and video player as the software giant makes its latest attempt to compete with Apple Inc's ubiquitous iPod.

Here's looking into how Microsoft's new iPod rival looks and the features offered.

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Measuring 4 x 2 x 0.3 inches thick, Zune HD comes with a 3.3-inch multi-touch OLED display. The OLED display dominates the device's face with a single, slim hardware home button below.

The device, which goes on sale this week, has a claim of technical superiority over Apple's iPods, with a state-of-the-art organic light emitting diode screen and ability to relay high definition video to a television.

But it will struggle to make an impact on the stylish iPod, which took the digital music player mainstream when launched in 2001 and now controls more than 70 percent of the market. The original Zune did not come onto the market until 2006.

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Zune HD features an accelerometer to do automatic screen rotation. The screen is driven by NVIDIA's high-def, low power Tegra chip.

The Zune HD also supports 720p HD video files. The Zune HD's user interface (UI) has a new menu item called Quickplay. QuickPlay displays user's most recently added content, device history, and lets him pin his favorites to the menu -- example video, music, photos, playlists, etc.

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Since Zune HD's display doesn't require a backlight, the player reportedly uses less battery power. According to Microsoft, Zune HD can play music for up to 33 hours and video for up to 8.5 hours.

In comparison, iPod Touch offers 30 hours of music playback and 6 hours of video.

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In Zune HD, Microsoft boosted the player’s FM radio functionality by adding an HD radio receiver to the hardware. HD radio is said to offer a cleaner sound quality than analog FM. It also allows stations to broadcast additional channels with different programming.

Users can pinch and zoom and do other such things in Zune HD, courtesy its new browser which has been optimised to fully take advantage of multitouch.

According to Microsoft, the browser is based on Internet Explorer. It also has a full-QWERTY touch keyboard.

Price:

The touch-screen Zune HD, which features a radio receiver and wi-fi, is priced just below Apple's comparable iPod Touch in the hopes of grabbing market share.

Microsoft announced the pricing of the new models last month, pitching its black 16GB model at $219.99 and platinum 32GB version at $289.99. Customized red, green and blue colors are also available.

At the time, that was well below $399 Apple charged for the 32GB iPod Touch, but Apple has since cut prices and is now offering an updated version of the same memory size for $299. Apple also now offers a 64 GB Touch a video camera on its iPod Nano model.

Source: TOI


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