updated 02:55 pm EDT, Mon August 18, 2008
Zune 120GB at FCC
Microsoft's next-generation Zune update will will be cautious and focus primarily on storage, the FCC has revealed through a new filing (PDF). Government tests prove the existence of a Zune with 120GB of storage but also reveal a design fundamentally unchanged from the Zune 80, including the hybrid touch and directional pad. The device also appears to be running the existing Zune 2.5 software rather than a new revision, although this may not necessarily apply to the final product.
No clues have been given as part of the leak that would hint at the release date, although the tests of the Wi-Fi music player took place in June and would clear the path to a launch in the fall, when Microsoft has historically launched updated Zune models. It's not known whether the 120GB player would occupy a new price point or simply replace the Zune 80 at the same $249 price for the existing model.
If not accompanied by more than capacity changes, the update would mark the first instance in which Microsoft has issued only minor updates to the Zune since it was first released in November 2006. [via istartedsomething]