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Verizon's Nokia Lumia 928 vs AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920: here are all the differences

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Verizon's Nokia Lumia 928 vs AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920: here are all the differences
Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 928 has just now finally become official and it’s Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 device on the biggest carrier in the United States. But after so much time waiting for it, how does it differ from the AT&T and internationally launched Nokia Lumia 920 that we saw half a year ago? And has the wait been worth it?

Different design, Xenon flash

Good news is there are some differences. They start from the design - the Lumia 928 is virtually the same size with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768-pixel OLED display, but the device is more blocky, rectangular, without the sharp edges of the Lumia 920. Still, the back retains the typical Nokia pillowy convex shape.

When the Lumia 920 launched on AT&T six months ago it was widely perceived to be terribly bulky. It wasn’t a phablet, but it weighed more than some phablets. Luckily, the Lumia 928 is noticeably lighter at 5.7 ounces against the 6.53oz on the 920. The Verizon device is slightly thicker though, slightly taller and narrower as well.

The camera itself hasn’t changed much - it’s an 8.7-megapixel backside-illuminated module with a Carl Zeiss lens, but there is one key difference. The Lumia 928 features Xenon flash, a much more powerful and better balanced solution than LED flash on the Lumia 920.

Processor and internals haven’t changed

Just like the Lumia 920, in terms of sound, the Lumia 928 features three high-performance HAAC microphones recording sound distortion-free at levels of up to 140db. Verizon’s Windows Phone 8 newcomer also supports wireless charging out of the box, you’d just need to buy that charging plate.

Nothing hasn’t changed in the hardware either. The Lumia 928 has the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 graphics. The battery is also of the same 2000mAh size.

If we had to sum it up, we’d say that the Lumia 928 is a very modest upgrade over the Lumia 920. Its biggest advantage it the Xenon flash and the Verizon logo, otherwise it’s the same old device Nokia introduced six months ago. Will that be enough appeal against the much better specced Androids of today? Nokia has got a low $100 price tag to try and convince you it is, but it’s up to you to decide.

source: Nokia Conversations


Verizon's Nokia Lumia 928 vs AT&T's Nokia Lumia 920: here are all the differences

DESIGN


Dimensions5.24 x 2.71 x 0.44 inches (133 x 69 x 11 mm)5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 inches (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm) 
Weight5.7 oz (162 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)
6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (125 g)
 
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, Yellow, Red, White, Gray 
DISPLAY
Physical size4.5 inches4.5 inches 
Resolution768 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels 
Pixel density
334 ppi332 ppi 
Technology
OLEDIPS LCD 
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 
BATTERY


Capacity2000 mAh2000 mAh 
TypeLi - PolymerLi - Ion 
HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 
Processor
Dual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, Krait 
Graphics processorAdreno 225Adreno 225 
System memory
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR21024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / LPDDR2 
Built-in storage32 GB32 GB 
CAMERA
Camera8.7 megapixels8.7 megapixels 
FlashLED, XenonDual LED 
Aperture sizeF2.0F2.0 
Focal length (35mm equivalent)26mm26mm 
FeaturesAuto focus, Optical image stabilization, Geo taggingBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 
FeaturesVideo calling, Optical image stabilizationVideo calling, Optical image stabilization 
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels1.3 megapixels 
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps) 


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posted on 10 May 2013, 10:07 1

1. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


There is no God.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:09 4

2. akki20892 (Posts: 2677; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


what the hell, how gray come up in at&t on NL920 Specs.......!!! put cyan.
i hope cyan and red will come in verizon for NL928.

posted on 11 May 2013, 02:47 1

35. zhiae (Posts: 142; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


i will open lumia 920 and i will buy xenon flash then i put it in then i will name my mobile nokia lumia 928
although i may need to change (the lens)

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:22

3. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


sigh, only black an white

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:34 5

7. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Yeah, with the redesign Nokia seems to be sacrificing one of its advantages: Fun colors.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:23 4

4. jreed2560 (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


This is actually the second nokia windows 8 device on verizon. They also carried the lumia 820.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:29

5. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Obviously nobody noticed or cared about the low-to-midrange, blandly styled Lumia 822, least of all Verizon.

posted on 10 May 2013, 12:31 2

19. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Actually it is the 822... AT&T has the 820.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:31 10

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Its biggest advantage it the Xenon flash and the Verizon logo..." Really Victor? The Verizon logo is an advantage??

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:56 1

9. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


actually in all carrier brandings by US carriers i like Verizon's one. it looks very stylish with the tick and the 4G LTE branding is also very cool

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:12 2

12. Hemlocke (unregistered)


You think that plastered all over the back and front of devices is better than a simple Death Star logo on the front or back? You and Verizon, with its second-class lineup, deserve each other.

posted on 10 May 2013, 20:14 1

29. pknexus (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2013)


CDMA is crap. Verizon customer service is crap, and they even managed to screw up a Nexus. If you can't afford to buy it unshackled from the manufacturer then buy something you can afford.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:36 9

8. cdgoin (Posts: 355; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Well I guess I can quit going to the Gym.. I was working out to carry the extra OZ the 920 had.. but since its 1 oz lighter I won't stress myself.

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:02 8

10. Diego! (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


How come having the same screen resolution and size, Nokia Lumia 928 has more PPI than Lumia 920. I don't get it!

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:11 5

11. rsiders (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I didn't quite understand that either. Explanations anyone?

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:13 1

13. Diego! (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


What's worse is that if Lumia 928 has a Pentile-Matrix AMOLED, should have less pixels than IPS LCD... This is very strange.

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:30 5

16. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You're confusing subpixels with pixels. When PA lists pixel density, they don't account for whether it's RGB stripe, PenTile RGBG, or Pentile with the awesome new diamond pattern like on the GS4.

If the 928 is a PenTile RBGB arrangement, it will be more vibrant than the 920 and have amazing blacks but won't look as sharp. But even if it is Pentile, it will still look sharper than the GS3 because of the smaller screen (4.5" vs 4.8").

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:14

26. Lauticol (Posts: 133; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


In the screenshots from Phonearena comparison, in the Display section, The Lumia 920 scores 332 ppi and the 928 334, when they should have the exact same

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:44 2

27. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Then the screen sizes must be ever so slightly different.

332 ppi = 4.496"
334 ppi = 4.469"

Both round up to 4.5". QED

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:17 2

15. LAFN (Posts: 38; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


must be that xenon flash or the Verizon logo has a few. :-)

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:16 1

14. hkindle (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 May 2013)


6 months later and this is the best Nokia/Verizon/Microsoft can do?
FIre of up the marketing overload. There is not enough lipstick on earth for this pig.
Nexis 5/Ubuntu Touch here I come!

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:55 6

17. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


What were you expecting? An octocore processor and 6" 1080 screen? MS isn't currently offering supersized phones that need that high a resolution, and the OS doesn't need multicore processors to run smoothly. They're not competing in the spec race like the Android competition.

posted on 10 May 2013, 12:07

18. hkindle (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 May 2013)


I would have bought that. I expected a little more innovation and progress in 6 months. A new flash and microphone does not excite me. They are aiming for the middle of the performance market. I am looking for something better. I was ready to buy in January waiting for what turned out to be the 822. I was disappointed then and more so now.

posted on 10 May 2013, 12:37 2

20. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm still not sure what you expected. There wasn't a whole lot to improve on.

PureView Camera? Check (no, I wasn't expecting 41MP)
HD Screen? Check. And now it's ClearBlack OLED.
32 GB storage? Check
That lethal Nokia build quality? Check

My only complaint is that the phone is thicker than the 920, but if it's more comfortable to hold, I'll forgive it. It's a hell of an improvement over the 822.

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:56 1

22. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


PA got their specs wrong; it's actually 10.2 mm thick (thinner than the Lumia 920 at 10.7 mm). Also, the screen is an AMOLED.

posted on 11 May 2013, 14:25

36. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Nokia lists the "volume thickness" as 10.1". They're averaging in the tapered sides and ends. PA is listing the thickness at the thickest part of the phone.

So when you put it in a pocket, it will feel more compact than the 920.

posted on 13 May 2013, 12:58

44. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Yes, you are right. I have proof of that.

http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_928-5437.php

posted on 10 May 2013, 14:18

24. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Lets not kid ourselves, the PureView camera could use a lot of adjusting.

posted on 10 May 2013, 13:55 1

21. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


The 928 is actually thinner than the 920 at 10.2 mm. Just thought you guys should know so you can correct the article. Also, the audio recording is in stereo now instead of mono, so that's a difference as well. Oh, and the screen is an AMOLED with ClearBlack display, so I guess that is a little bit different than just OLED? Another thing is that the screen is rounded and designed to give the impression that it goes over the edge, and they're comparing it to an infinity pool.

posted on 10 May 2013, 14:26 1

25. Penny (Posts: 988; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Oh, also, battery life is supposed to be significantly better than the 920 if you compare the numbers. This is probably a combination of using the AMOLED instead of LCD, and the Li-Polymer instead of Li-Ion.

posted on 10 May 2013, 14:08 2

23. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


LOL Same brick but thicker? Didn't you get it? We want it thinner, not thicker. e.e

posted on 13 May 2013, 12:57

43. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


It is thinner, 10.1 mm....phonearena got it wrong.

http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_928-5437.php

posted on 10 May 2013, 17:14 2

28. Cryptic (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Good move by Nokia. Enough of the same not to upset the early shoppers, enough additions to give Verizon its bragging rights. Hopefully, Nokia will stop with all this branding exclusive and be able to push one phone. Now if MS would release Blue...Nokia could release the killer phone.

posted on 10 May 2013, 21:43 1

30. deburocks (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


if its what nokia bout to announce on 15 th may then seriously im hoping there should be something more......hope nokia anoounces something more as well..... Eos may b or surprise us with something v werent imagining. Go nokia

posted on 10 May 2013, 21:58

31. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Xcept the Camera everything else is the same or worse... fatter, more bezel same crappy OS... hmm nokia wake up...

posted on 10 May 2013, 22:33 1

32. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 352; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Xenon is alone a BIG factor! I've been waiting for that word since 2008!

posted on 10 May 2013, 23:41

33. jeff1434325 (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


wow, I like the black one.

posted on 11 May 2013, 02:26

34. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


nokia will enjoy monopoly on WP coz they are the best!

unlike samsung, they will have a hard time if sony will let out a new beast!

posted on 11 May 2013, 16:27

37. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


so since its oled clearblack(or amoled?) does it not have the puremotion HD tech? that makes a huge diffence! video looks so smooth its rediculous.

also idk if i would include the verizon logo as an advantage. id rather have at because of the talk and data thing. when calls are made the lte is dropped. with the 920, i fall back on HSPA+. itll be like the iphone 5 on vzw, losing data during a call.

posted on 11 May 2013, 19:50

38. techloverNYC (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


nokia need to make its phone thinner....

posted on 12 May 2013, 02:34 1

39. dontlie (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 May 2013)


As Penny said.... PhoneArena the stats you have listed are incorrect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The phone is NOT thicker, it is thinner at 10.2 mm!!!!!!!!! FIX THE STATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 12 May 2013, 07:40

40. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


I must say...I am impressed with this phone...it's camera is topnotch!!! Good Job nokia....And WP is catching up with 145,000 apps already...THE KING IS BACK!!!!

posted on 13 May 2013, 00:01

41. trexnkrumpets (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Processor and ram shouldn't matter too much on w8Phone as of right now. People don't complain iPhone doesn't have a quadcore since it runs very well with a dual core; as all smartphones should. Amoled over IPS though.... id like to see a brightness/outside readability comparison later. You think nokia could throw In an IR Blaster atleast to give it a better advantage. But ATT seems to have the dibs on the Newest and Coolest of the Lumia lines. Works for me I guess. [tv remote hardware]. (hoping for that If nokia decides to release a LumiaPhablet with one).

posted on 13 May 2013, 12:55

42. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Hey PA, you have the wrong dimesions for the Lumia 928. It should be 133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm, 92.8 cc (5.24 x 2.71 x 0.40 in).........."10.1mm Thick"

http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_928-5437.php

posted on 13 May 2013, 23:37

45. Muzhhur (Posts: 231; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I love my 920

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