Nokia Brings Lumia 928 and Pureview to Verizon

Lumia 928 Elevates Verizon’s Windows Phone 8 Offerings

It’s been a long time coming, but Nokia is finally bringing a high end smartphone to Verizon. That’s right, folks: the much-rumored, often hoped-for Nokia Lumia 928 is official and it’s coming to Verizon in just a few days. On May 16th the doors open and, for just $99, Verizon customers will be able to get their hands on Nokia’s latest.

The big question is, of course, what makes this thing so special, and why do we care about what might be just a mild revamp of a 6 month old AT&T phone, the Lumia 920? Head on past the jump for the straight skinny and find out!

The biggest deal is without a doubt Nokia’s Pureview camera tech. From the press release, it looks like the Lumia 928 will sport the same 8.7MP shooter as its older sibling, the Lumia 920. This time around, though, it’s also packing a Xenon flash–the kind you find on dedicated shooters and DSLR’s. This fact alone is notable, as it should mean that those night time shots–which Lumia 920 and its LED flash were already superb at handling–will be still better. Just to make sure nobody’s missed this point, Nokia’s put together a video called touting some of the 928’s new features. Check it out:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/SRuXQk8g250[/youtube]

For audiophiles, Nokia’s built in three freaking microphones, which they say means the device can capture high amplitude audio, distortion-free, even in very noisy environments. If you’re familiar with the Lumia 920, you already know that Nokia’s known for putting top-shelf audio components in its phones, but this aspect of the 928 is really just fantastic. Makes me wonder how they’ll top that with the inevitable Lumia 1000.

The usual specs are in place: 4.5″ 768p screen (1280×768), but this time OLED instead of PureBlack, super sensitive touch screen that works even with gloves, and 32GB of onboard storage, all for $100 after rebate. You’d be hard pressed to find a better device at that price, and with the recent spate of top-shelf Windows Phone 8 apps overflowing onto the platform, there’s never been a better time to think about upgrading.

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