When Nokia launched the Verizon-friendly Lumia 928 with some imaging improvements, it looked as if GSM users would have to wait for the company’s next flagship to catch up. If those people couldn’t wait for the mythical “proper” PureView Lumia, then they can grab the Lumia 925 to keep ‘em going in the meantime. The company has taken the 920, put it on a diet, swapped out the polycarbonate for aluminium and tweaked the camera, while still retaining everything that made the handset our reader’s choice for 2012.
This is the Lumia 925. It’s another flagship, but this one’s setting its sights on the rest of the world. The first thing to note is the change in build materials and profile. While the rest of the Lumia range have stuck to plastics — typically glossy polycarbonate — the Lumia 925 is Nokia’s first Windows Phone to be packed into an aluminum frame. One of the benefits of this change in design? The handset’s weight has plummeted. While the phone has the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera of the 920, the Lumia 925 is almost 50 grams (1.8 ounces) lighter than last year’s Lumia 920.
Despite a thinner 8.8mm profile, there’s an identical 2,000mAh battery. Alas, instead of built-in wireless charging, you’ll have to purchase an accessory cover to enable the function on the 925.
Introducing the Nokia Lumia 928 - a new expression of the world’s most innovative smartphone
Exclusive to Verizon Wireless, newest Nokia Lumia flagship smartphone delivers amazing imaging, video and audio performance to capture and share moments like never before
Sunnyvale, Calif., USA - Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 928 smartphone, the latest installment in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 lineup, exclusive to Verizon Wireless.
With Nokia’s award-winning PureView imaging innovation, including optical image stabilization, the Nokia Lumia 928 enables people to capture bright, blur-free photos and videos, even in low light conditions such as indoors or at night. Great looking images come easily when snapping them with the smartphone’s 8.7MP camera featuring a high-quality, wide angle Carl Zeiss lens. The Nokia Lumia 928 also comes with powerful Xenon flash to freeze the moment.
In addition to amazing imaging and video capabilities, the Nokia Lumia 928 offers rich distortion-free audio capture, even in noisy conditions. Built with three high-audio-amplitude-capture (HAAC) microphones and one of the most advanced loudspeakers available for smartphones, people can record and play back the sound just like they first heard it, all the way up to 140db - the sound equivalent of an airplane taking off. These features shine when using Vyclone, a new app for Windows Phone that lets people co-create, sync and edit multiple views of a shared moment.
“Whether you’re attending a party, a concert or a sporting event with friends, the Nokia Lumia 928 excels at capturing high-quality video, audio and blur-free photos of life’s most share-worthy moments,” said Matt Rothschild, vice president, Nokia North America. “Verizon Wireless customers, we heard you and the wait is over - we’re excited to offer a Nokia flagship smartphone, specially designed and optimized for the nation’s largest 4G LTE network.”
At first touch, the Lumia 928 feels sleek, solid and fits perfectly in the hand. The stunning new smartphone introduces a 4.5” OLED display delivering crystal clear, bright content with great outdoor visibility and a fast, responsive touch-screen even when your fingertips are covered up. The glass extends to the very edge of the phone for a high-end feel.
The Nokia Lumia 928 includes access to signature Lumia apps including the complete set of the feature-rich, intuitive and customizable HERE experiences. HERE Maps, HERE Drive+, HERE Transit** and HERE City Lens help people navigate their life every day. Using Nokia Music with Mix Radio, people can enjoy unlimited streaming of free music playlists with the option to create personal playlists and download for listening offline. Digital camera lenses and apps, including Smart Shoot, Cinemagraph, Panorama, and Photobeamer**, enable people to unleash their creativity.
The Nokia Lumia 928 also comes with built-in wireless charging; just lay it down to power-up, it’s that easy.
Powered by Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal smartphone experience, with an iconic Start screen that can be easily arranged to reflect individual priorities and animated Live Tiles for real-time updates on the people and things that matter most. With the same modern look and feel, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows PCs and tablets, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console so that files, music, pictures and videos can be accessed in whichever way is most convenient. The Windows Phone Store features more than 145,000 apps for customers to choose from, with hundreds added every day. Getting things done while on-the-go is easy with Internet Explorer 10 for faster, safer browsing and Microsoft Office Mobile integration.
The Nokia Lumia 928 is available for purchase in white or black at Verizon Wireless stores and online beginning Thursday, May 16 for USD99 after a USD50 mail-in rebate, with a new two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, get a USD25 credit for Windows Phone apps and games with the purchase of a Nokia Lumia 928.*
Also available through Verizon Wireless is a range of Nokia wireless charging accessories to keep you conveniently charged at home, at work or in the destinations in between. The accessories include: the JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia, Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-900 and the Nokia Wireless Charging Pillow by Fatboy DT-901.
Nokia Lumia 928 product specifications:
Display: 4.5 inch WXGA HD OLED; Resolution 1280 x 768, Aspect Ratio 15:9, Pixel Density 334 ppi; ClearBlack display, Sunlight Readability Enhancement (SRE), High Brightness Mode (HBM); Luminance 300 nits (nominal max), 500 nits (High Brightness Mode); Color depth 24 bit, 16M colors, refresh rate 60Hz; Super-sensitive capacitive touch enables interacting with the display with gloves and long fingernails; Display active area: 58.37 mm x 97.28 mm; 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
Main Camera: PureView 8.7MP Auto Focus with Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.0, 26mm True 16:9 optics, 1.4 sensor; Optical Image stabilization; Xenon Flash for Still Images, 1.4 sensor; Optical Image stabilization; Xenon Flash for Still Images; LED for Video; HD 1080p Video Capture @ 30 fps
Front facing camera: 720p HD video and 1.2MP still images
Memory: 1 GB RAM; 32GB internal memory (formatted capacity is less); 7GB free in SkyDrive with additional storage via subscription
If you’re using Windows 8 there is really nothing wrong with watching YouTube in the browser. However, if you have a device with a touchscreen you might be wishing for something a little more optimized for fingers. Metrotube is the best option to date for a modern YouTube app for Windows 8.
Microsoft seems to be taking a more direct approach going forward: the company posted a brief table on its site, explaining when it will end support for Windows Phone 8 and 7.5. In short, each OS gets a total of 18 months of support, and that period has of course already begun, as both operating systems are shipping on various hardware.
With the Nokia Lumia 620, Windows Phone 8 is heading downmarket. No longer just the domain of flagship phones with giant HD screens and pricetags to match, you can now get Microsoft’s latest and greatest on a charming little phone with a 3.8-inch screen that costs just £150. If you’re stuck firmly with pay as you go, is this your next upgrade?
Click on above title to see why the Lumia 620 blew the gadget show away.
Nokia is reportedly set to launch its first proper Windows Phone 8 PureView phone, the Nokia EOS, later this year.
The Nokia Lumia 920 was given the PureView label when it launched as Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device in 2012. In truth, though, it bore little resemblance to the original Nokia 808 PureView phone (pictured) with its huge image sensor and revolutionary multisampling tricks.
Now The Verge is claiming that Nokia will effectively merge the two devices in 2013 under the codename of the Nokia EOS. As photography buffs will know, EOS (short for Electro-Optical System) is the term Canon uses for its digital SLR cameras.
The Nokia EOS will apparently contain a similar image sensor to that found in the Nokia 808 PureView, which itself was far bigger than your average point and shoot sensor, and was closer to something like the Sony RX100 or the Nikon 1 J1.
Google is responsible for blocking a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone platform, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel Dave Heiner yesterday wrote a blog posting about the company’s issues with rival Google. Among his comments he chose to address the ongoing troubles surrounding the Windows Phone YouTube app.
Whilst Android and iOS have fully featured and dedicated YouTube apps provided by the YouTube team itself, Windows Phone has only ever had a lightweight equivalent (provided by Microsoft) that effectively acts as a wrapper for the mobile YouTube web service.
Heiner is now claiming that the YouTube team is in favour of making a fully featured Windows Phone app, but that Google is blocking the move.