May 11, 2013

Nokia Lumia 928 Officially Announced, Initial Thoughts

After a few days of video and image teasers, Nokia finally revealed the Verizon Wireless exclusive Nokia Lumia 928.

The phone carries on the flagship turf of Lumia 920 being the most innovative smartphone and as the current camera czar with its award-winning PureView imaging innovation, optical image stabilization, 8.7MP camera with wide angle Carl Zeiss lens, LED flash and Xenon.


Of the aforementioned innovations, the Nokia Lumia 928 is the very first breed to offer rich distortion-free audio capture, even in noisy conditions via a built-in three high-audio-amplitude-capture (HAAC) microphone.

It also had the most advanced loudspeakers among mobilephones to date capable of roaring up to 140db or a sound equivalent of an airplane taking off.

The phone is then encase in a stunning, sleek, thin and solid polycarbonate uni-body injection moulded design cover with a pillowed front and back surfaces giving a perfect and classy touch. The phone is only 0.44 inches, the most slender Lumia phone to date. Upfront, it has a 4.5" OLED display with PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack and Sunlight Readability Enhancement technology which is said to deliver crystal clear and bright content with great outdoor visibility and the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 that transmits a responsive touch-screen even with gloves. The glass extends to the very edge of the phone for a high-end feel.

The Nokia Lumia 928 includes signature Nokia apps including the feature-rich, intuitive and customizable HERE experiences like HERE Maps, HERE Drive+, HERE Transit and HERE City Lens; the Nokia Music with Mix Radio where 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; among others


The Nokia Lumia 928 also comes with built-in wireless charging just like its predecessors and Windows Phone 8 that offers a truly personal smartphone experience but best of all it will be offered at an ambitious price tag of $50-$100 in a 24months contract.

Thoughts

The phone wins hands down in most aspects compared to iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 but then again as I mentioned in my previous blog post about the device, it kind of lost the unique Lumia styling since it looks more similar to an Xperia device of Sony. Verizon might have an influence in the design but I preferred Nokia’s previous unique approaches.

Though the phone had the impressive mark up of camera specs compared to the Lumia 920, I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t have the 42MP capability like that of the 808 PureView. The smartphone space is definitely still waiting for the Windows Phone 8 successor to the aforementioned device.

I’m also glad to know that Nokia use OLED screen on the device. It would definitely extend the phone’s battery life compared to Lumia 920’s IPS LCD, but hopefully it will not reduce the screen brightness.

I expect a worldwide variant of this phone that would probably be unveiled on the May 14, 2013’s London event, looking forward to it! 3 more days!

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