Rumor: Nokia's Zune-like "Zeal" WP8 device coming in 2013

In the past four days here at Neowin we have reported on a whopping 14 Windows Phone 8-related leaks and rumors, ranging from leaks surrounding the Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, to the Nokia "Glory", the HTC "Accord", the Rooms feature in WP8, accent colors, Beats Audio and more. Now we're add another rumor to the pile, and this is surrounding another Nokia Windows Phone 8 device codenamed the "Zeal".

This is the Zune HD, which the Nokia "Zeal" is said to be styled like

According to the folks over at The Verge, the Zeal will be a mid-range device that will slot into the new Lumia line-up below the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. It will contain a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor (possibly the Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 from the Plus series), 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The device is also supposed to have a 4.3-inch display.

The rumor also states that the design of the device is similar to that of Microsoft's Zune music players, but also with Nokia's unibody design elements. The Zeal is slated for an early 2013 release, but it won't be shown off at Nokia's Wednesday event; instead it's possible that it could be revealed alongside the lower-end Nokia "Glory".

Source: The Verge

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The HD looked and worked great much better than the MiPod of the day. If only MS had the whole marketplace thing in place and did a GLOBAL release back then

trip21 said,
The HD looked and worked great much better than the MiPod of the day. If only MS had the whole marketplace thing in place and did a GLOBAL release back then

It probably would have failed all the same. Apple already made a name for itself and media players like this were already on their way out, being replaced by smartphones.

.Neo said,

It probably would have failed all the same. Apple already made a name for itself and media players like this were already on their way out, being replaced by smartphones.

I had nothing to do with Apple's marketshare. You can thank the ****ing music industry for killing it. They didn't like MS' pricing scheme and the Zune Pass. They got behind Apple because they make a **** load off every song sold.

While the 900/920 look really nice, I kinda wish that Nokia had flat out copied the Zune HD design for their flagships.

I does not have to be the flagship so long as they make it - I have a Zune HD too and I always thought it was the perfect look for a phone. I guess these days they would make the screen bigger, though.

Panda X said,
I think it would look nice, though would prefer the screws to be hidden.

oh, I actually liked the screws in the zune HD design at least.

It kind of fit it in my opinion. made it seem, which it was, like a really solid device.

primexx said,
damnit another 4.3".

can't get a mid/high end phone with a 4" screen these days =(


by todays standard a mid/high end wouldn't have a 4" screen unless its an iphone.

CrossCheck said,

by todays standard a mid/high end wouldn't have a 4" screen unless its an iphone.

Which is the screen size I prefer! Which leaves us people who like smaller screens with only the iPhone as our choice.

However, I don't mind a larger screen as long as the screen doesn't have much bezel. The 900 is terrible in my opinion cause it's got a ton of bezel and the whole device is way bigger than it should be.

primexx said,
damnit another 4.3".

can't get a mid/high end phone with a 4" screen these days =(

iPhone and Blackberry seem to be only one, with small screen/high-end devices.

calimike said,

Thanks

I just read that it will be at 09:30 AM ET/ 14:30 PM GMT.
Apologies for the confusion but I am reading about different timing myself.
Just to be safe I will connect at the earlier time. :-)

I own a Zune HD, and I much prefer the design of the current and upcoming (from what we've seen) Lumia devices, so I'm glad that the Lumia is Nokia's flagship device, but more choice can't be bad

ooo it is quite nice but I'm glad it is not the flagship device. The lumia walks all over this in terms of looks and apparantly gui also.

EDIT: shouldnt have mentioned gui, That was meant for the other nokia thread a few below this lol

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