Steve Ballmer demonstrates Zune HD for Engadget

Our friends over at Engadget got a sneak peak of the new Zune HD when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed the gadget off to them during the D7 conference.

Ballmer showed of the new OLED screen with a Pixar animated movie. According to Ballmer the device will be shipping in a month which is a lot earlier than the September 5th date we have heard. Update - Microsoft have just informed us the device is still slated to be launched in "fall" so September 5th is still looking good.

Microsoft recently confirmed the Zune HD and the device will have the following specifications:

  • HD Radio Tuner
  • OLED Touch Screen
  • Windows CE
  • Internet Explorer embedded and customized for a touch screen device

The software giant has still not confirmed pricing or more finer specifications.

For more pictures check out Engadgets gallery.

Gizmodo also have some great hands on pictures and a video walkthrough (embedded below)

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both seems a waste to me. Either I'll use the touch screen and thus space is wasted on having buttons there or I use the buttons and I've wasted money investing in a touch display. I really don't see a huge need to have both besides perhaps 2 buttons for volume.

Smigit said,
both seems a waste to me. Either I'll use the touch screen and thus space is wasted on having buttons there or I use the buttons and I've wasted money investing in a touch display. I really don't see a huge need to have both besides perhaps 2 buttons for volume.


And yet the Palm Pre has hype.

Well for something that is used for texting and email work then yes...a keypad makes some sense. I don't think I'd be jumping to compare a phone with a device predomintly aimed at multimedia playback.

Sure a button here and there may be ok...but I don't think replicating every action or control via a button makes much sense really.

Are they going to have some kind of App Store with this new device? I might have to get one to port my games to it if there's one

Seeing the UI in motion is great. So smooth, and I like how text is big, helps to touch it but also to see for people like me who don't have the best eyesight out there.

I can't wait for this...Will definitely get one.
Got the kids a ipod touch before Christmas and its screen was ****ed 3-4 mths later, plus it goes flat way too quickly. (Piece of junk IMO, won't even waste money on apple crap again)

Really? I've had an iPod touch for nearly two years now and the battery life is fine, the screen's fine...

Either you got a bad one, which sucks, or your kids don't look after small devices very well.

Really nice, the UI is very smooth.

It is good to have alternatives when choosing portable media player.

Am I the only one that feels the interface is a little...odd?

I prefer the interface on the Zune 80, without icons to its side. Also, shouldn't playback controls be present immediately when you launch a song, instead of tapping the screen?

I also discern a little lag when selecting some of the features. I hope it gets 'fixed' in the final version. I took a look at the iPod Touch today and its responsiveness and touch capabilities are flawless.

Shiranui said,
Though I am still disappointed be the low, low, low-res screen, this looks like a winner.

It's not 'low, low, low-res'. For a device this size, the dot pitch is pretty decent. Plus it's an OLED.

I love the interface!

I may well go for this if the 'Now Playing' screen features big artwork like it does on the iPhone/iPod touch. It's really tempting, just for the interface and the OLED screen...

I'd have to decide whether I'd be able to accept not being able to have applications.

looks like fair bit of a let down imo.

They could have really done more FM radio isn't exactly much of an incentive specially since radio is going out of fashion.

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