We know little about the Zune 3 except that meetings have already begun involving the design team. The big question at hand is whether Zune will compete with the iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Now that Google has thrown it’s hat in the ring with “android” and the iPhone seems popular, will Zune join the fray?
Some speculate that a Zune phone platform would cannibalize Windows Mobile. Forum member Teccom747 has come up with a possible design for the Zune 3. The images above show the same imaginary device in Zune mode and phone mode. Yes, it looks like an iPhone, but the Zune 30 looked a little like the iPod 30 so anything is possible. Teccom747 also came up with specs for the Zune 3 and a screenshot of the device inside the Zune software as well.
The Zune 3 is also a phone with all the features of the Zune 80, with new features such as internet explorer, wifi marketplace, common phone apps, and more.
The Zune 3 is fully touchscreen, however, the lower panel buttons are touch “sensitive” play/pause/call, zune, and back/hang up buttons that glow, they are permanent (similar to the chocolate’s buttons).
The Zune 3 is available in 16GB, and 32GB flash memory sizes.
Navigating the Zune 3 is similar to the 80’s squircle except on the touch screen.
The screen itself is a high quality, scratch resistant, touch-sensitive glass that covers most of the front of the device.
Around the perimeter of the glass is a glowing light that can be customized to the color of the user’s choice through the settings menu.
The remainder of the device’s exterior is similar to the Zune 80’s finish, including the hold switch to de-activate touch.
Video’s are now presented in high-quality widescreen format.
The Zune 3 is not restricted to any particular network.
The device has external speakers for speakerphone functionality and to share music with your friends!