There has been much talk online recently about the
forthcoming Microsoft Zune 2.0 update that is expected any day now. While
rumors were circulating about a flash-based Zune, little hard evidence was
available other than nebulous statements like competitively priced and
capacities similar to other offerings.
While there is still no official word from Microsoft on
specifications for the new Zune line, some hard information came across
the FCC exhibits today that sheds some light on the
flash-based Zune devices. The juicy information about the flash-based Zune was
not given thanks to a Microsoft Request for Confidentiality.
The information that was available from the FCC shows a line
drawing of the flash based Zune along with labels for the devices labeled 4GB
and 8GB. Some were hoping for a 16GB flash based Zune, but at launch it seems
16GB is not meant to be. There is still no word on pricing for the device, but
if the line art is to scale, the flash-based Zune is very near the size of the
old, skinny iPod Nano.
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