Video of Verizon's Nokia Lumia 929 shows off important new Windows Phone model
The Nokia Lumia 929 will have a 5 inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 display that offers a pixel density of 441ppi. That should sound familiar to those Android users with a top-shelf model. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is expected to drive the device, which will carry 2GB of RAM and 32GB/64 GB of native storage. A 20.7MP PureView snapper is on back. If there ever was a Windows Phone model that could take on Android and iOS, this is it. It takes the high-end specs on the Nokia Lumia 1520 and makes them available for those who want a 5 inch handset instead of a 6 inch phablet.
While the Nokia Lumia 929 and its nano-SIM missed out on the festivities last week in Abu Dhabi, the phone is expected to be available before Thanksgiving, which means by the end of this year, we might know whether Microsoft's mobile OS is ready to take it to the next level.
source: WPCentral, SdPhones via Engadget
1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 353; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Nokia is really making some great hardware,but the WP is an empty os lacking critical features like File manager & Notification center.Even Nokia asha has more features & customizations than WP.
2. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Well, WP isn't really trying to cater for us "geeks" that love to flash roms, delete and replace .apks, so we can't really compare Android's features to WP's or even IOS'.
Android is so far the only mobile OS that fits everybody's needs, from the casual user to programmers and tinkers
Agree with you on the notification bar though; going into the settings to toggle wifi, bt etc. every time will get old after a while.
16. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
as far as I know windows is not a closed os and it has file managing capabilities and file transfer. but windows phone is not the same. android feels more like windows pc than winpho.
24. hemedans (Posts: 113; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
give time for wp to mature, if you own samsung ativ now you can use custom rom and wp custom rom is much better because it doesnt need root, this rom is amazing and if wp continue with the same path then it will be better and better
33. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Not necessarily about Android being for everyone, sometimes people want less digging through menus and such, if that's the case blackberry 10 os is the best since it also offers a large amount of customization, and you can import all files you just have to convert them to BARR files, something else that I have noticed about my z10 is the lag free UI, prior to the 10.1 update there were bugs according to users online, but since I got mine when 10.1 was rolling out I don't know or experienced such things
34. Finalflash (Posts: 1578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Windows phone hardware is fine and good, but I just can't trust Microsoft. They usually find a way to screw their own customer. I resorted to Apple after being screwed by MS on their mango phones and then even apple started shafting customers. Now I'm just waiting for Google to screw me before going to Ubuntu.
36. So-Sayz-Eye (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
I'm a programmer and know programmers and I can say that not many people flash roms or root their device. I don't have actual numbers but I doubt the number of people who root and modify their Anroid devices is over 10%. Most users buy Android because its the popular OS or they want to know they have that option. Apple receives similar attraction thank to all the fanfare behind it.
Marketing Android as this all powerful open OS is not a bad thing, but what I dont get is why so many people on here use the hackability of Android in their argument against WP?
17. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I think Nokia is really carrying WP, I mean they say that they worked with MS to get apps like instagram and vine etc. but im pretty sure nokia did most of the heavy lifting.
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
One big concern for me about WP is that it's closed source.
Now what that means is that, if we don't buy a new phone, then the OS will become so quickly outdated, given Microsoft's hesitancy at updating older phones and pulling app support from older OS versions (from what we saw in WP7).
Although manufacturers may not themselves release OS updates for Android, there is always the option of flashing new ROMs, which is not that hard even for the casual user.
5. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
And another major concern is that its a Microsoft product. There is a large possibility they will leave you in the dust. And the mundane decisions they've been taking of late...
13. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Both Nokia and MS have confirmed numerous times of support for win8 devices for 18 months, and new win 8 phones up to 36 months. I think thats pretty good OS support, its longer than android support. I doubt theyll go back on their word since not only have MS pissed off a lot of consumers due to the buyout of nokia but also because of their failures in win vista and underwhelming appreciation of XB1, and their small market share, they cannot piss off their consumer base any further.
28. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
How many times of that 18 months have they released any major update. Even after the last update, Android and iOS are far ahead of it. They need to get many more updates before they can reach the level of those two.
Somehow, i feel something is basically wrong with how they wrote WP8 OS and are struggling to release some any features.
43. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
As someone that wants a WP8 device I must say you are off the mark a little. I have used android for 4 years now. All Samsung devices. The og Note is the only phone that received updates for me. The last update was a stripped down weakened version of the update. It made the phone no better and brought problems along. I love my phone and it has proven to be a capable device. Updates were not a deciding factor in arriving at this conclusion however.
15. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
and since your on a tech site you should at lest note the difference between lack of updates and closed source. Closed source means un-open source, a.k.a. paying for the OS. It has nothing to do with microsofts hesitancy in updating wp7
47. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)
WP7 was running on outdated kernal. i agree with you u could change te rom but....
4. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"If there ever was a Windows Phone model that could take on Android"
What? Android NEEDS specs like that to run acceptably good.
WP OS doesn't need spec like that to run smooth. It already ran silky smooth with WP7 powered by single core 1GHZ processors.
It will make a difference if third party apps needs them.
11. tigermcm (Posts: 691; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
sooooooo many ppl comment on WP articles complaining about specs specs specs yet neve take 1 second to realize 2 yr old specs on a WP can run just as smooth as an android with top the line specs smh
8. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
@alterecho So what you are saying is youre perfectly happy with paying good money for a phone that should coast significantly lower because its specs are outdated, when you can get a better phone with an OS that has a better ecosystem + up to date hardware? That may be your thing, but i don't want to compromise too many things. I love Nokia and i'm very happy that they caught up (or even surpassed the comitition in some areas) with android, because i might not have a phone with the most apps, but i have one with insane multimedia and gaming capabilities.
9. xtroid2k (Posts: 341; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I think its good that wp can handle high end hardware. App support is slowly coming to pass. the one thing that we know is that over the next 2 years ms will combine rt and phone OS. The crazy thing is that while ms is always bashed for being slow. WP following is steadily growing. Its proof of finally getting instagram etc. Its getting harder and harder to come up with reasons to not get a wp device.
12. tigermcm (Posts: 691; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
soon the reasons would be...well MS made the OS so I dont like it.
38. TechKnowledge (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 May 2013)
Many of those comments result from mindless followers.
10. Gemmol (Posts: 493; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
glad yall on verizon wont be left out I know its not the 1520 but hopefully they put in a good battery for yall.....plus some of yall do not like these big phablets so it would be a perfect size for those who like smaller.....I cannot wait to preorder my 1520 by the way I have no hate for any carrier if you really read my response because I know some carriers work better in areas other carriers do not work....but for me AT&T work the best for me so it would take a lot for me to switch...no drop calls with fast speeds what could be better
14. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)
I have bought too much MS stuff that just doesn't work correctly and they just drop it with out any care to the consumer. Office, older computer software, as mentioned before WP7. Will never buy them again no matter what they build. Their phones are in the condition they are now trying to catch up after being top dog. They just don't care. I could care less what you buy it is your money and you only have to please you. I love my note 3 and gear. Glad I got rid of I Phone 5. Apple is another topic I won't start on. Hope you all find what makes you the most happy.
27. papss (unregistered)
You lost me when you mentioned the gear.. that is a shallow half as$ product if anytjing.
18. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
I have been using a Lumia 920 for a year now and the only things I would desire more is a bigger screen to view more of the office document on screen. And a microsd card.
Now all the high end specs on the Lumia 1520 it is a great phone for me.
I still hope Nokia shareholders block the sale of the Nokia mobile division to Microsoft.
Below specs would be my ultimate Nokia Lumia phone:
Dual platform: Windows/Android
64GB internal storage with microsd card up to 64GB total 128GB
Stylus pen/split screen application
50Megapixel rear camera
3Megapixel front camera
Removable split battery (2000mah x 2 = 4000mah)
Dual sim cards micro & nano
I wish :)
23. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
You are an unreasonable moron who is essentially a specs slave.
26. Heatfan316 (Posts: 359; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
He just posted his opinion, he wasn't even trolling and you took cowardly shot at him for no reason at all. You seem miserable, angry and stressed out, meditation would be good for you.
39. TechKnowledge (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 May 2013)
It's not an opinion, it's a "wish." :-D
31. Beijendorf (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
More megapixels does not equal better camera. Nokia really ventured into the borderzone with 41 megapixels, since the big limiter is the optics, not the sensor.
What you should hope for is a plenoptic camera.
19. rockslip (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
All I know is "I WANT A 929!". I really like the windows phones. I've had Iphones and Droid based and in my opinion the Windows are the easiest to use. I don't care about flashing and all that. Just give me a phone that is quick, makes calls, texts, can access the internet and plays games and I am happy. i have a lumia 820 and want the larger screen and better camera. WHY 929 for Verizon only?!
20. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
After 8 months of 920 usage... I can only say its boring and lacks lots of things even a low range phone should have ... IMO ...
I recommened people trying other phones like (Android - BB10 - iOS). before using Lumia then they will understand.
35. blkjack (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
I love my "boring" 920. And yes, I have tried other OS's (with the exception of BB10), but the things that those other systems can do vs WP, I never found myself using. I did the same things on those systems that I currently do on my 920. The reason I prefer it over the others is because I love seeing the live tiles on my homescreen, and I love the metro/modern design.
40. TechKnowledge (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 May 2013)
Keep your recommendations to yourself! I certainly love my Lumia 928, and enjoy the operating system which powers it!
21. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
Why is this a US Market exclusive. Nokia needs to bring out an International version of this. The 1520 may be too big for some people. Windows needs a 5 incher with the same specs.
32. Beijendorf (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
It looks rather plasticy and poorly designed. Much like the 928.
The US can gladly keep it, and people like us can instead long for the smartphone(s) scheduled for release Q1 2014 with updated everything. And probably the PiCam.
41. TechKnowledge (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 May 2013)
The 928's design is a matter of opinion and taste. With that said, I am completely satisfied with my decision.
48. cyberdude (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)
If Nokia sell this model worldwide, then Lumia 925 sales be going down.
I guess we will get this specs in Lumia 930.
37. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1050; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Folks the Android OS is years older than Windows Phone 8. windows Phone 8 made it's debut in 2012. It's less than 2 years old the Microsoft programmers had to start from scratch going from windows 7.5 mango smart phones to the new Windows 8 smart phones. It will take them time to add features. The big Windows smart phone 8 blue update is coming and Windows 8 smart phones are going from Windows phone 8 to Windows phone 8.1. With
these coming updates a notification center and other software features will be added to Windows 8 smart phone's capability. by the end od 2014 Windows 8 smart phones should be more than capable of being called a FIRST CLASS smart phone OS
42. freebee269 (Posts: 518; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
i found this comment in the article amusing.
"It takes the high-end specs on the Nokia Lumia 1520 and makes them available for those who want a 5 inch handset instead of a 6 inch phablet. "
5 inches used to be called a phablet now the author just calls it a handset and 6 inches is now the phablet. i wonder in 2 years will 6 inch smart phone be called just a handset.
45. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3518; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Lol❕ right.. That's the Android way of seeing things..
46. dancorcal (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Duel boot android and wp8 would be awesome.
49. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3518; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Not necessarily.. WP is very good by itself.
50. ckoch125 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
if they had more apps I would be all over this. Love Nokia and their designs but the lack of apps really kills it for me. This sounds like a beast of a phone, even though even the "older" hardware ran WP without any stutter.