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Zune HD prices revealed

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 11 Aug 2009 19:09 User comments (10)

Zune HD prices revealed Amazon and other sources are now displaying the price you will have to pay if you are interested in investing in one of Microsoft's Zune HD portable media players. Amazon has the Zune EHD-00001 HD 16GB Video MP3 Player priced at $219.99, and the Zune HD 32GB Video MP3 Player (Platinum) priced at $289.99.
It's unclear how much the players will cost in the UK and other European countries in the event of a launch, but $220 is roughly 133/155 and $290 is roughly 175/204. The Zune HD features a 3.5-inch Organic Light-emmiting Diode (OLED) screen in a 16:9 display aspect ratio.

The Zune HD, which also features a HDMI port and a HD Radio receiver, is expected to become available in North America next month, with Amazon not revealing any launch date for the products (but of course, Amazon U.S. has market both models as available for pre-order).

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10 user comments

111.8.2009 23:33

Good thing the screen is nowhere near HD, otherwise that tiny 32GB would be filled with less than two small movies.

212.8.2009 2:14

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Good thing the screen is nowhere near HD, otherwise that tiny 32GB would be filled with less than two small movies.
Is it not capable of holding up to 720P videos? I thought it was

312.8.2009 4:29

This still does not have any WOW factor for me to sit up and take notice.

Microsoft still has a long way to go before they can get me on board.

412.8.2009 13:53

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Good thing the screen is nowhere near HD, otherwise that tiny 32GB would be filled with less than two small movies.
I think a new codec will be released that will be based on mkv that will be able to store hd at much lower sizes.

Edit:
After looking at the compression ratios http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC

You could get a 720p movie in at 9gb now with mkv compression level 4
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 12 Aug 2009 @ 13:58

512.8.2009 19:46

a portable HD radio receiver will sell the product alone.

however i wont buy it i will take my fuzzy static filled Radio, over crystal clear controlled bandwidth any day.

612.8.2009 23:45

Quote:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Good thing the screen is nowhere near HD, otherwise that tiny 32GB would be filled with less than two small movies.
I think a new codec will be released that will be based on mkv that will be able to store hd at much lower sizes.

Edit:
After looking at the compression ratios http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC

You could get a 720p movie in at 9gb now with mkv compression level 4
Ok, 3 movies with compression...still not exactly remarkable for the "high end" version.

712.8.2009 23:58
varnull
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Is it possible to see the screen yet? Not with my eyes.. I think the best device for watching movies on trains and planes has to be the psp.

813.8.2009 0:02

Originally posted by varnull:
Is it possible to see the screen yet? Not with my eyes.. I think the best device for watching movies on trains and planes has to be the psp.
No the best device for me is the little invention called a portable dvd player, real cutting edge stuff there :P

913.8.2009 16:03

well"! Hi definition not only movies; the pictures,album art in songs and photos with hi resolution ,is what means to me Zune HD.
i'm not pretend to put movies in the new zune....plus think about battery drain.

1024.8.2009 3:34
jojoli
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SPAM removed

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Sep 2009 @ 19:13

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