Thursday, August 30, 2007
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 01:56 PM
Just like the nice man at Gizmodo says, this could be nothing more than a ruse - but it's by far the most realistic one I've seen so far. You'll notice I never posted any of that "Draco" or "Scorpio" junk - it takes more than "I heard this thing from this guy who knows a guy" for me to call that "news". Even a rumour needs to have some specifics or be substantiated in some way in order for it to be taken seriously. At any rate, this is looking quite interesting - based on the image above, I can glean the following details:
- The new Flash-based Zune will be available in 8 GB and 4 GB capacities
- Colours for the new Flash-based Zune will be black, red, pink and green
- The new Flash-based Zune has a bigger control pad and the buttons are up higher
- It looks like the current chunky Zune will stick around, but be offered with an 80 GB hard drive and be available only in black
Regarding the hard-drive based player - I'm a bit puzzled. 80 GB is a capacity they should have offered right out of the gate last year, to at least match what Apple has on the high end. They didn't, and I believe they missed out on a great opportunity. So here we have the next generation and they're releasing a product that matches what Apple had last year. Seeing a pattern here? I think 80 GB is a good capacity mind you, but if that's the only change that has been made, then I'll be disappointed. If it was a 640 x 480 screen with 16.7 million colours, the device was thinner, and more codecs were supported on the device (h.264, Divx, DVR-MS, etc.) then maybe this would be a compelling device.
That's my take on this - what's yours?