Surprise! Nokia's got a new Windows Phone model on the way, and it's for Verizon. In the US, Windows Phone has mostly been relegated to AT&T--Verizon currently only carries four models, and the Windows Phone 8X from HTC is the only one that creeps into high performance territory. So here comes the new Lumia 928 to save the day. If you're familiar with Nokia's Lumia 920, this phone's specifications won't surprise you, but there are a couple key differences.
Here's the big difference: The body of the Lumia 928 has changed from that candy-colored polycarbonate Nokia has used with its flagship Windows phones. It now has a flatter, more squared-off look, and a new screen to go with its new body. Like the 920 on AT&T, the 928 uses a 4.5-inch 1280x768 display, but Nokia's swapped out LCD for AMOLED.
The camera remains unchanged--it's Nokia's 8.7 MP PureView with Carl Zeiss glass--but they've thrown in a xenon flash, which is still extremely rare for a smartphone. Nokia's also stressing the device has three microphones for audio capture and the same optical image stabilization that's in the 920.
A few other notable features: There's a loudspeaker on the back of the Lumia 928. It supports wireless charging and NFC. LTE support on Verizon's network is in. And the internals that powered the Lumia 920 are still on-board doing their thing. That means a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 200 mAH battery and 32GB of storage.
The Nokia Lumia 928 launches in the US on May 16th for $100 on contract--assuming you bother to send in the $50 mail-in rebate. Nokia's throwing in $25 of app store credit to sweeten the deal.