Microsoft’s redesigned Zune HD portable media player will be the first to incorporate high definition video, radio and Wi-Fi capabilities when it is released next month, the company has claimed.
Powered by NVIDIA’s next-generation Tegra processor, the media player – which has struggled against rival offerings from Apple – will also incorporate an organic LED (OLED) touchscreen.
The Tegra chip, which has been customised for Zune, incorporates eight independent processors – one each for HD video, audio and graphics – and two ARM cores.
The processors can work together or independently to minimise power consumption.
Zune’s Wi-Fi capabilities will enable users to stream 720p quality HD content directly from the player to a television receiver. Microsoft will sell a docking station accessory that will simplify this task.
In the US, a 16 Gb version of Zune HD will retail for US$219, undercutting the equivalent iPod Touch by $80. The 32 Gb version, which is priced at $289, will beat out the equivalent iPod offering by $110.
Both models will hit stores on September 15. A Middle East release date is yet to be confirmed.