Reports keep trickling out about the next Zune, which looks pretty nice if it’s for real.
Today’s dollop, from Windows Mobile fan site wmpoweruser.com, says the following:
The ZuneHD will have a capacitive, multi-touch OLED screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and TV out, from what looks to be a HDMI port on the side. The radio will now be HD and the device will support HD media playback, which will be available from the updated Zune Marketplace.
The ZuneHD will also support 3D Xbox games, but it is unclear what form this will take.
The device will come in 16 and 32 GB versions, and will support wireless sync. It will also finally come with a browser that supports multi-touch.
Here’s a screenshot of the post showing what looks like an iPod-like brushed metal back:
Wmpoweruser.com also suggested the device will be a showpiece for Windows Mobile 7, which seems a little odd.
Images with a floral marketing flavor appeared last week on Engadget.
Zune spokesman Brian Seitz wouldn’t confirm the reports, but noted that Microsoft has said new Zune hardware is in the works.
“At this point we haven’t announced anything. We said earlier in the year that we are working on some hardware. At this point we don’t have anything new to announce on what the specs are on the hardware.”
The Xbox reference is interesting, but I’d think the ZuneHD would need more than one button if it’s going to face off against the snazzy new Sony PlayStation Portable rumored to be coming by the holidays?