Nokia Lumia 928 revealed; here's how it stacks up to the Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 928 revealed; here's how it stacks up to the Lumia 920

Summary: It was no secret that Nokia was going to release the 928 for Verizon, given that we've seen billboards, magazine ads, and videos all week. The 928 won't have the rumored metal body, but xenon flash is there, along with other great features from the 920.


ZDNet's Ben Woods posted the official announcement of the Nokia Lumia 928 coming to Verizon, but as a current Lumia 920 owner and also a Verizon customer, I wanted to look into it a bit more and compare the two to see if the 928 is something I should pick up next week.

Nokia Lumia 928 revealed; no metal body, but xenon flash is there
(Image: Nokia)

What's the same between the 920 and 928?

Looking at what the folks at Nokia Conversations wrote about the Lumia 928, we can see that the Lumia 920 and 928 share the following:

  • 4.5-inch display size (type is different)

  • 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics

  • Optical image stabilization (OIS)

  • Qi wireless charging capability

  • Same 2,000mAh battery

  • 1GB of RAM

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor

  • 32GB of internal storage.

What's different about the 920 and 928?

While most things are the same, there are a couple of differences that will appeal to media creation folks. These include:

  • OLED display, rather than LCD IPS one as seen on the 920

  • Xenon flash: This is a big deal for indoor photography, but with advanced low-light camera, I am very curious how much better it will make the indoor camera experience

  • Three microphones that record in stereo for better audio recording: The Lumia 920 reportedly has three mics, but records in mono.

The price is just $99.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan on Verizon, and currently use an iPhone 5. I haven't yet found out what the full price for the 928 is, and am not sure getting a xenon flash and more mics will be worth the $550+ price. I do hope to try out the Lumia 928 at CTIA in a couple of weeks, though.

Update: I confirmed with Verizon that the full price of the Lumia 928 is just $499.99. That is a great deal for a full-featured smartphone with these specs, and after testing it out, it may just be my next Verizon smartphone. To help lessen the upfront cost, ZDNet reader Scott reminded me about the new Verizon device payment program.

There is a Nokia event in London next week, and there is speculation that this may be a global version of the 928, a Lumia with metal body, or a Lumia with a camera even more powerful along the lines of the Nokia PureView 808. We'll have to wait and see.

Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Smartphones, Verizon, Windows Phone

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  • Xenon Flash

    should help with low light photography where the object itself is moving and the photographer wants to freeze motion.
    • Wow

      Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online.(Click Home information)
  • Are you trying to embarrase HTC?

    the HTC One's mic is stolen from Nokia. Yes that's the correct word. Only thing HTC can argue is: oh, we don't it belongs to someone else.

    (if you steal, why not get the best?)
    • Please don't spread falsehoods

      The microphone found in the HTC One was not stolen. The microphone was co-developed by Nokia and STMicroelectronics. Part of the terms of that agreement was that STMicroelectronics would only distribute the microphone to Nokia for a period of 1 year once mass production began on the part.

      STMicroelectronics claims that their understanding was that the exclusivity agreement was only for 6 months. As such they began manufacturing and distributing to HTC for the One. When this was found out, Nokia took STMicroelectronics to court (NOT HTC). On April 22nd, the court decided that in recompense, STMicroelectronics's exclusivity agreement would hold another 10 months from the decision date.

      They also decided that since HTC would not have known about the exclusivity agreement between STMicroelectronics and Nokia, that HTC is still allowed to sell their existing stock of One phones, but in order to produce any more, they would have to come up with another microphone solution.

      tl;dr: STMicroelectronics voided an exclusivity agreement with Nokia. HTC "stole" nothing.

      The closest thing would be receiving stolen property (it wasn't STMicroelectronics's to distribute at the time) which would require HTC's knowledge of the contract (feel free to prove this in the comments below).
      • there is no need for a proof

        I am saying it based on common sense, you are reading the court filing. I don't think there is conflict between the two. And everyone understand that. People have their own judgment.
        • Common sense

          Common sense and the law in most countries (not all) says that until judged guilty, you are innocent.

          Perhaps, the country whose laws you submit to says otherwise.
    • Are you certain?

      It makes sense that different manufacturers use common parts like Krait is used in Nokia and Nexus. I'm sure other phones use similar hardware bits as it doesn't make sense to try to manufacture every component in a device.
      David Nesbitt
    • HTC is a copycat.

      HTC can steal ideas from Nokia but can't steal the knowledge from Nokia to build good Phones.
      Herman Van Der Blom
  • usb port

    Is the USB port on the top of the phone? Good luck using the phone while it's charging.
    • RE: usb port

      I had a 900 with usb port on the top. It actually makes a lot of sense. Easy to plop your phone in a cup holder while it's charging in a car, and when you use it while it's charging while plugged into a wall normally the top of the phone is pointing toward the wall. [Wall]---->[phone]---->[you]

      a lot of this is moot since it has wireless charging anyway.
      Grant Josef
      • What about using the phone as a phone

        i was talking about those times when the phone is used as a phone, to talk to somebody else, not apps, texting, etc.

        I know my trophy with the side usb port made it nearly useless to be used while it was plugged in.
        • Wireless charging

          Just pick up the phone, talk, then put it back, and it continues to charge.
    • Why?

      Is it hard to use a phone with a charger plugged into the top? Seems it would be no different for me as I can't think of why it would make a difference so maybe you can give us an example?
    • USB on Top

      I saw the same thing... wasn't there a plan from MS to have all the USB's at the middle bottom to control production from their OEM manufactures? I'm just curious why the 928 would have this on the top and the 920's and others at the bottom? Would be nice to have all accessories then match up the same ie: car charger? (I think you all get what I'm getting at).
      Just curious... love the phone anyways. Woudn't change out my 920 though.
      • RE: USB on Top

        Sorry.. just Read Grant Josef's reply above... guess there were other's that had the usb on the top also.
    • lol nokia's dont use 20 year old usb cord tech to charge

    • Get a Lumia

      Since you dont know about wireless charging you must be using old school usb cords. Upgrade and get a Lumia.
      Sean Foley
  • 140db speaker?

    "Distortion free speaker pounding out audio up to 140db."
    Really? Nokia wouldn't have a battery large enough to support this power output from a speaker.

    The original description say this about the microphone:

    "It doesn’t matter if you’re at a monster truck rally, rock concert or summer party, you’ll have the best audio possible on a mobile with the Nokia Lumia 928 thanks to these high-performance microphones that record sound naturally and distortion-free, up to 140db."
    • Sorry, corrected the post

      Thanks for pointing that out. I was wondering how they could beat the One with dual stereo front speakers. Turns out they can't and my brain was just whacked on a Friday morning.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Mono recording, no Bluetooth 4.0

        Thanks for pointing out mono recording.

        To add to the parts missing from this flagship Nokia device, there is no Bluetooth 4.0.

        low energy Bluetooth 4.0 is used by some sport and fitness devices. In fact no Lumia phones have Bluetooth 4.0, even though it was Nokia that originally introduced it. Is it a WP8 limitation?