After a slew of leaked ads and images, Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 928 for the US market that will run on the Verizon network. The company is expected to unveil the international version of the same device on May 14. Essentially, this represents a minor upgrade to the Lumia 920, which was criticised for being overly bulky and the new smartphone brings aboard a more slimmer, lighter and attractive design that still retains an unibody polycarbonate chassis.
While the name of final spec of the international version of the device is still unknown, one does not expect any major changes from what the US market is getting except for LTE support. Nokia makes a big deal of what it calls the ‘Infinity Display’ which is basically jargon for an edge-to-edge almost bezel-less AMOLED panel on the device. Actually, use of AMOLED technology for the display is one of the changes from the Lumia 920 design as this device uses a 4.5-inch 720p AMOLED display instead of a ClearBlack HD+ IPS panel.
Internally though, it retains the same components which include the dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a 2,000 mAh battery that also supports wireless charging through the Qi standard.
Nokia retains the 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a f/2.0 aperture, but it has now added a more powerful Xenon flash which replaces the LED flash found in the Lumia 920.
To demonstrate the prowess of its camera Nokia has posted a couple of videos that compare the camera performance with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5. In one scenario it has the Lumia 928 on a rollercoaster in a low light scenario where the video is not only much more stable that its rivals, but when the frame is frozen for a still the focus is tighter and colour reproduction is much better.
Another video shows the 928 on a remote controlled octa-copter shooting video. Nokia again tries to showcase that the OIS is dampening the vibrations on the video caused by the eight rotors of the copter. The finnish handset manufacturer emphasises that these videos have been taken from the device its self and not a DSLR as a promotional video of the Lumia 920 was found out be using a DSLR camera and caused a lot of embarrassment for the company. Hopefully, this time around the videos are not faked.
Lastly, the Lumia 928 also incorporates three high-audio-amplitude-capture-microphones to capture distortion free audio while shooting video. Nokia used something similar in the Symbian based PureView 808 smartphone.
While we expect Nokia to properly showcase the device at the May 14 event, we might be in for some surprises. For instance, earlier reports had indicated that there would be an aluminium version of the Lumia 920 called Catwalk. Perhaps, the Lumia 928 is the rumored Catwalk device or maybe its international variant could have something slightly different. Additionally, the Lumia smartphone with a 41-megapixel PureView camera is also expected be launched by July, so Nokia might give a sneak peak into that device at the event. Whatever may be the case we will be reporting live from London on May 14.