Our source from inside the the hallowed halls of Microsoft gave us some fresh leaks on the next generation Zune. He indicated the codename is “Scorpio”, big brother to the flash based Zune code named “Draco”. The source indicated the storage capacity is 80GB for Scorpio. We challenged that and asked if he was sure there would be no 100 or 120 GB Zune. The answer was blunt: “No, it will be 80”. Perhaps the most exciting news is that mass production of Scorpio will begin at the very end of July. Currently all Scorpios and Dracos at Zune headquarters are pre-production units. The only timeline we have for launch is that Draco and Scorpio will be ready for the 2007 holidays. The source gave no info on a European launch, or other key questions, even when enhanced interrogation techniques were applied.
The original Zune was codenamed Argo from Greek Mythology. Scorpio and Draco share the Greek naming convention and will be Pyxis enabled devices. Pyxis is the codename for the WiFi functionality used to transfer files between devices. Now to anyone bearing a Scorpio tattoo we say: Welcome to the Social.
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