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Verizon Wireless made it official Friday, announcing that it will offer the Nokia Lumia 928 as an exclusive in just a few days.
The phone is essentially a Verizon version of the Lumia 920, giving Big Red its first Windows-based Lumia flagship device. AT&T has had a lock on Nokia's top Windows smartphones in the U.S. since the manufacturer first teamed up with Microsoft more than a year ago.
Verizon is hyping up the camera on the 928, pointing to its PureView technology and Optical Image Stabilization, which it says create blur-free pictures and videos, even in low light. The 8.7MP camera can record full 1080p HD videos on the devices 4.5-inch display. It goes on sale May 16 for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate, if you sign up for a new, two-year service agreement.
This raises questions about next week's Nokia media event in London, which many thought would feature the unveiling of a pair of phones: the 928 and the 925, codenamed "Catwalk." The 925 is believed to have some similar specs, including a 1.5GHz processor, a 4.5-inch display and an 8.7MP camera. It's said to be made of aluminum rather than polycarbonate, IT Home reported.
There's been speculation that Nokia will use the event to introduce its first Windows-based tablet, going head to head with Microsoft itself, which debuted the Surface last year. This seems more likely now that VzW has spilled the beans on the 928. We'll have to wait and see.
Nokia, once the undisputed global leader in handset manufacturing, got left behind by Apple, Samsung and others when the smartphone revolution began a few years ago. It's been playing catch-up over the past year or so, making some inroads with its Microsoft-powered Lumias, but it has a long way to go.
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