Nokia Lumia 928, Sony Xperia ZR: New Additions to Smartphone Arena

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-05-14

Within a few days of each other, a pair of major smartphone manufacturers, Nokia and Sony, unveiled new handsets—representing the latest introductions in a marketplace that already offers a dizzying array of devices. Last weekend, 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. This smartphone's focus seems to be fixed on the camera, which features Nokia's PureView imaging innovation, including optical image stabilization, which lets users capture blur-free photos and videos, even in low-light conditions. The 8.7-megapixel camera features a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and a Xenon flash. Sony is also catering to shutterbugs—but with a twist. The company has been steadily launching its line of Xperia smartphones and tablets since the year began, and many of them have water-resistant designs, but with the launch of the Xperia ZR, the company is taking the technology to new heights—or depths, so to speak. The Xperia ZR features the highest level of water-resistance for capturing photos and full-HD videos up to 5 feet underwater. eWEEK flips through key features of the two handsets.


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