Nokia, Verizon Prepare for Lumia 928 Smartphone Launch
The Lumia 928 is available in white or black at Verizon Wireless stores and online, beginning Thursday for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.Handset manufacturer Nokia announced the impending launch of the Lumia 928 smartphone, the latest installment in the company's Windows Phone 8 lineup, which will be an exclusive to Verizon Wireless and will debut in the United States May 16. The handset features a 4.5-in. OLED display, which extends to the edge of the phone, and runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, which features a start screen that can be arranged to reflect individual priorities and animated Live Tiles for real-time updates on people and things. The Lumia 928 is available in white or black at Verizon Wireless stores and online, beginning May 16 for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a new two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, users will also get a $25 credit for Windows Phone apps and games with the purchase of a Lumia 928, a company release noted. The focus for this smartphone seems firmly fixed on the camera, which features Nokia's PureView imaging innovation, including optical image stabilization, that lets users capture blur-free photos and videos, even in low light conditions (such as indoors or at night). The 8.7-megapixel camera features a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and a Xenon flash.
Nokia has also paid particular attention to the audio and video capabilities on the Lumia 928, offering distortion-free audio capture, even in noisy conditions. Built with three high-audio-amplitude-capture (HAAC) microphones and an advanced loudspeaker, users can record and play back sounds all the way up to 140 decibels, which is the sound equivalent of an airplane taking off. These features can also be enhanced when using Vyclone, an app for Windows Phone that lets users co-create, sync and edit multiple views of a shared moment.