We finally have an official announcement for the Nokia Lumia 928. It is going to be available for customers on Verizon Wireless. It will be available for $99.99 along with a two-year contract. This includes a mail-in rebate of $50 as well.
What Nokia failed to announced though was that the Lumia 928 was pretty similar to the Lumia 920 with just a few additional features here and there. The new phone also has a 4.5 inch screen and an 8.7 MP PureView camera, exactly like the Lumia 920. The design of the phone though is more angular.
The camera includes optical image stabilization as well just like the Lumia 920, but one addition is the Xenon flash which replaces the Dual LED flash on the Lumia 920. The camera is still capable of shooting 1080p videos and will still be excellent in most low-light conditions. The Xenon flash will also improve the picture quality as well.
Nokia also promoted the speaker on the Lumia 928. It claims the speaker will be able to produce sounds up to 140 Db without any distortion. The Lumia 928 runs on Windows Phone 8 and has many apps which are exclusive to Nokia like HERE Drive+, Nokia Music and City Lens.
It will also support NFC and wireless charging.
The phone has been priced quite competitively considering it is around $100 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S4 even without the rebate. This makes the Lumia 928 the cheapest high-end phone Nokia has released in recent times.
Even though Windows Phone 8 has nothing close to the iOS or Android app stores, it is definitely getting there. All the great features in the phone, especially the camera, may make it very easy for people to overlook the weak Windows Phone Store.