Nokia Lumia 928 with xenon flash and aluminum body may be coming to Verizon

Nokia Lumia 928 with xenon flash and aluminum body may be coming to Verizon

Summary: The Lumia 920 has been an AT&T exclusive for several months, but it looks like Verizon may soon get a variant of the device with even more powerful capability.


Smartphone manufacturers are making major strides in camera technology, but with the desire to make phones thin they are missing out on an important element. For photos in restaurants and low-light environments there is nothing that can beat a xenon flash, but we haven't seen these on modern operating systems yet. However, The Verge reported that the Nokia Lumia 928 will launch in April with an aluminum body and xenon flash.

I know a couple of other phones came with xenon flash, but Nokia led in this area with devices like the Nokia N82, Nokia N8, and Nokia 808. Lately we have seen a focus on low-light photography with the Nokia Lumia 920 and now the HTC One promoting this capability.

Low-light photography offers up an interesting element with a more natural capture of environments; however, I still prefer the way that a xenon flash lights up the environment and lets me see everyone in the shot. The challenge has been trying to get xenon flash into a slim form factor, and it sounds like Nokia may have that in the rumored Lumia 928.

AT&T has had the exclusive in the US on the Lumia 920, but it sounds like Verizon gets the better device now with xenon flash and a metal body. There should also be a LED flash, which is handy for usage as a flashlight on your phone. I wasn't thinking much about any new Verizon device, but I really do like my Lumia 920 and adding the xenon flash to it is excellent.

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

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  • A xenon flash in a modern smartphone

    Interesting - thought they were an almost extinct species.
  • Awesome

    And hopefully, AT&T will have it by the time the 900 first movers are ready to upgrade. Not sure whether I'm that excited about the metal body - the polymer injection has been quite nice, but let's see what it's like.
    • Shouldn't write reponses when you're under the weather

      I'm referring to the Xenon flash as nice, and of course I meant the aluminum when I wrote 'metal.'
    • I am actually excited about the aluminum body

      Currently have an HTC Titan purchased sim free and love that it is lighter and thinner. HTC has not stepped up with more memory, and the Nokia ecosystem and camera would be a plus.
      Mark Richey
  • Lumia 920 is an excellent phone

    A lighter version of Lumia 920 will be even better.
  • idk if metal is better

    most likely had to be diff enough not to make att mad

    Not upgrading my 920 for two years, make me a lumia 1000 that's an inch bigger and with 64 GB in two years

    Not missing Verizon, sick of their late to party with every phone
  • Yes please

    I'm not sure why Nokia is taking such an odd approach in naming their phones. 920/928, 822/820/810, etc. Causes to much confusion. Tell the carriers to get stuffed. Samsung did away with calling their galaxy line every name under the sun and it worked well, because then people knew what phone you were talking about.

    Glad to hear Verizon will be getting a high end windows phone. I was tempted to get an HTC 8x, but I really want the better camera of the 900 series Lumias.
  • Annoying

    I'd really love a 920/928 for the camera, but I can't cope without a swype style keyboard on a phone - I'm so used to it now and it's so much faster.
    • Swype style keyboard is not better than WP8 predictive keyboard!!!

      I also was, a devoted swype style keyboard user until I started using the Windows Phone 8 keyboard; it's much faster than swyping!!!

      When you swype, you have to trace every letter of the whole word; on a WP8 phone, just after a few days, all you need is to type 2 or 3 letters and then pick the one you want from the predicted words list. The more you use it, the better it gets predicting what you want to type.
  • Xenon + 808's sensor?

    You can fit a xenon sensor in if the body has the bump for the original Pure View from the 808. Perhaps this will be a hybrid of the 808 and 920. That would turn a number of heads. Maybe those contoured concept phone are going to become reality...