Zune HD teardown


Our friends over at ifixit are at it again, how they get these devices so early before release and make a complete teardown in time still amazes us. Today they bring us the latest Microsoft media device, the Zune HD. Some features worth mentioning: The astoundingly thin, 1mm we’re talking, OLED screen. The Nvidia Tegra 2600 processor, hinting at 3D game capability. And finally who could forget the 660 mAh battery. But isn’t that 129 mAh less than the iPod touch? Microsoft’s reply, supposedly the Zune HD is using many more low power hardware solutions in this device. Either way, the competition is on, who will be the victor?


  1. skitchin says:

    Me, first!

    Looks neat, OLED is hawt

  2. 3rix says:

    Is it only me or is anyone have having any trouble adjusting their eye’s to the colorful images?
    (The skin thing looks too weird)

    Speaking of the word “Weird” isn’t it weird that “I” doesn’t come before “E” in that “Weird” word?

  3. skitchin says:

    @3rix: magic, colonel. It’s Wednesday. Screw the english.

  4. Hackius says:

    Bigger isn’t always better

  5. skitchin says:

    And sorry to be a comment whore, but when in the hell did they stop LCase’ing comments?

  6. Hitek146 says:

    ^A while back, now…

  7. Sam Whited says:

    Looks like a great device; is it just me or does the Tegra chip and multitouch display sound like it would make a perfect Linux handheld?

  8. svofski says:

    @skitchin: about the same time when they became gizmodo2

  9. obligatory says:

    yeah, but who will be the victor?

  10. miked says:

    I also want to know how the hell they get all these new gadgets so early!

    I loled @svofski

  11. ooo, it has an atheros chipset, if we can get some custom software on it, it can function as a wireless network pen tool.

  12. GabrielSalvatori says:

    @Sam Unless you know something I don’t, they haven’t even figured out how to get Linux on the original Zunes.

  13. HRpuffnstuff says:

    Its kind of ironic that Microsoft, who bought Danger who makes the Sidekicks for Tmobile, and jome of Windows, uses NetBSD on the Sidekick.

  14. Tachikoma says:

    If they support OpenGL ES 2 properly, zune might have a chance in the pocket gaming segment :P

  15. anon says:

    “who will be the victor?”

    apple has already saturated the market with an arguably inferior product every iteration.

    it will be difficult for any other company to take a large chunk.

  16. sam says:

    What does it say about me if I spent the past few minutes recreating the DataMatrix in Paint so that my scanner would recognize it?

    507425G303509325 By the way

  17. Sam says:

    With the toshiba memory, Toshiba also makes 32 GB NAND flash memory that I believe would fit in place of those. Is it possible to take those out and replace them easily, and would it work?


    16 GB memory,

    and here is the 32 GB. http://thefutureofthings.com/upload/items_icons/Toshiba-32GB-NAND-Flash-Mem_large.jpg

    Any opinions?

  18. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  19. Thorsummoner says:

    I hate apple so ipods are out of the question and the Zune hd I made this post from is the best media player i have ever seen, my only complaint is that there are only a handfull of apps and no access to the filesystem

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