Nokia has officially lifted the curtains on its latest flagship Windows Phone offering; the Lumia 928. Boasting a feature-packed 8.7-megapixel Pureview camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a 4.5-inch OLED screen and 4G/LTE connectivity, it’s shaping up to be one of the best Windows Phone on the market. But will it be enough to convert the Android and iOS faithful? The answer will likely depend on whether you prefer processing grunt or a great camera.
The Lumia 928 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is slightly under-specced compared to the latest high end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Where it really stands out though is in the photography stakes: it’s clear Nokia is putting a lot of effort into its Pureview technology in a bid to win over the social-snapper demographic.
The Pureview cameras’ main claim to fame are their ability to smooth out pixellated images and improve the quality of the camera while zooming. Like its 920 predecessor, the Lumia 928’s sensor has been optimised to excel in low-light.
Check out this video of a roller coaster ride at night that was allegedly taken with a 928 camera — assuming the footage is authentic, this could be one of the best low-light performers on the market. It also comes with a xenon flash (as opposed to the dual-LED flash found on the 920).
The solid video capture is additionally enhanced by the Lumia 928′s 4.5-inch OLED display which has a resolution of 1280×768 pixels and 334 ppi. The luminance of the display is measured at 300 nits, which can be boosted to 500 nits via the phone’s High Brightness Mode. Nokia also lists a “sunlight readability mode” in the specs, which is good news for us squinting Aussies.
On the downside, the Lumia 928 isn’t as powerful as its Android rivals — as mentioned, it comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM which puts it on par with its Lumia 920 predecessor. It would have been nice to see at least a little extra grunt beneath the hood, although to be fair, the 928 is being marketed as an incremental upgrade rather than a completely new phone. The 928 is also a bit lighter than the 920, although we’ve never found weight to be an issue with our smartphones.
There has been no word on whether Nokia plans to release the 928 in the Australian market, but if it does make an appearance it will probably go for a similar price as the Lumia 920.
Additional reporting by Luke Hopewell