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Report: Nvidia's Tegra Bags Zune HD Deal

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Several reports today claim that Nvidia has confirmed the use of its Tegra platform in Microsoft’s Zune HD.

The rumors have been flying around for hours and PC Perspective claims to have known since speaking with Nvidia back in June, at Computex but was unaware that people might actually want to know that Tegra has its first major design win.

The Zune HD packs a 3.3-inch (16:9) OLED, HD Radio, HDMI out supporting up to 720p, WiFi (with Microsof’s Internet Explorer, of course) and the all important accelorometer. We keep saying if Microsoft were to add a phone to this device we'd be all over it and now that its got Tegra under the hood, we're even more disappointed it's just a regular old PMP.

That said, coupled with Nvidia’s graphics, we’d say the Zune HD is going to be a huge step up from some of the older Zunes. Anyone (besides us) interested?

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    Pyroflea , June 17, 2009 3:15 PM
    I know that I'm buying one of these as soon as they come out.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2009 3:17 PM
    Yup
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    Pyroflea , June 17, 2009 3:19 PM
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    um, why is "bags" in the title of this news piece? You make it sound like NVIDIA is backing out of the deal, not confirming it....unless you mean "begs", but that doesn't make sense either...


    It means they got it, obtained it. To that effect.
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    mcnuggetofdeath , June 17, 2009 3:22 PM
    Give me HDMI out with up to 1080p and the option to run a third party browser, then im seriously interested. Put a phone in that and ill weep that I recently bought an N95
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    montanabay , June 17, 2009 3:30 PM
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    It means they got it, obtained it. To that effect.


    Yeah, I guess my point is one shouldn’t use a idiom in the title of a news piece…since it can go either way
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    tayb , June 17, 2009 3:37 PM
    Microsoft can't make a cell phone and continue selling cell phone operating systems. I'm fine with a PMP and this thing looks very very awesome. I'm just curious as to what kind of games this thing will be able to play and where they will be coming from.
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    mcbowler , June 17, 2009 3:38 PM
    It's in the bag! It's in my bag too as soon as it is available. Oh wait.. I already have a multimedia player that also has a PHONE built in. Im sure this toy will be nice though.
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    squatchman , June 17, 2009 3:46 PM
    montanabayYeah, I guess my point is one shouldn’t use a idiom in the title of a news piece…since it can go either way


    Repeat after me: "Would you like fries with that, Sir?"

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    scook9 , June 17, 2009 3:48 PM
    Would be nice if this had Windows Mobile allowing the ability to load apps (other browsers for example). This is of course competing against the iPod touch (of which i have one and enjoy using it). Cant wait to see some reviews.
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    mustseehdtv , June 17, 2009 3:56 PM
    They need to add and HD camcorder to it, so it can compete with Flip and other mini HD camcorders. I'm buy that! But make it 1080p (as RCA is coming out with one)
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    montanabay , June 17, 2009 3:59 PM
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    Repeat after me: "Would you like fries with that, Sir?"


    “We decided to bag McDonald's for Wendy’s, since my buddy wanted to bag a quadruple Baconator.”
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    war2k9 , June 17, 2009 4:25 PM
    I will buy one when they don't requires you to use zune sofrware.
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    apmyhr , June 17, 2009 4:35 PM
    war2k9I will buy one when they don't requires you to use zune sofrware.

    I actually like the Zune software, but I do agree with you. I would wish that they give users the capability of treating the device as if it were an external storage device. That way you could just drag music and crap over using Explorer if you don't want to install a proprietary software on your computer.
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    Enginerd , June 17, 2009 5:21 PM
    This thing looks amazing and will be a very nice upgrade from my Zune 80. I'm just really surprised this is the first Tegra device. Saw the technology a while ago. Wonder why it took so long to come to market?
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    MrF430 , June 17, 2009 5:40 PM
    I might pick this up when it becomes available, I too wish it had a phone feature as I need a new "smart" phone. :\
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    Mr_Man , June 17, 2009 5:45 PM
    war2k9I will buy one when they don't requires you to use zune sofrware.

    It'd be great to be able to use Zunes on Linux. Not that I don't have a dual-boot, but still, it'd be nice.
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    vohnvest , June 17, 2009 6:19 PM
    i'm gonna preorder mine!
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    Parrdacc , June 17, 2009 6:27 PM
    Very interested. Have not made up my mind if I am going to buy one or not. Might wait till well after its release into the wild and see what the rest of the animals:)  think of it first before plunking down the cash.
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    doomsdaydave11 , June 17, 2009 7:59 PM
    If this was a phone, I'd def get it. I'm happy with my 120GB Zune 3 for now.... although that internet is pretty awesome. The Wifi on all the other Zunes is pretty useless imo.
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