Rumors of a new Microsoft Zune device have been floating around for a few weeks now and more purported pics and specs appear every few days. This latest image comes from WMPowerUser and shows a thin device that’s all display. That’s great for a portable media player and what I’d expect in a next generation Zune. The site contends that the 16:9 screen is a capactive touchscreen that uses OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
In lieu of the standard FM radio in the original Zunes, the new ZuneHD will allegedly support HDRadio; if true, I think that it’s one of the first (if not the first) handheld HDRadio tuners out there. There’s also talk of the device running Windows Mobile 7 and hitting the market the fall of this year. That sounds sketchy to me since Windows Mobile 6.5 is just about to hit the market before that.
In any case, there’s probably some bits that are true and some that are false in all the ZuneHD talk right now. I do expect a new Zune-capable device that’s integrated with Windows Mobile; perhaps Zune support in phone devices rather than another standalone PMP. I’d like to see what the picture reflects, but I’m no longer sold on buying a device that can only play music and video when my phone can do the same.