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

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


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 
Physical size4.5 inches4.5 inches 
Resolution768 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels 
Pixel density
334 ppi332 ppi 
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 

Capacity2000 mAh2000 mAh 
TypeLi - PolymerLi - Ion 
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 
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 
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) 



1. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

There is no God.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

35. zhiae unregistered

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)

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

sigh, only black an white

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

4. jreed2560

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

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

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

19. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

9. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 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

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.

29. pknexus

Posts: 3; Member since: May 09, 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.

8. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

10. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

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

11. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

13. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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").

26. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 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

27. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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

15. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

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

14. hkindle

Posts: 6; Member since: May 10, 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!

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

18. hkindle

Posts: 6; Member since: May 10, 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.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

22. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

36. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

44. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

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

24. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

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

21. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

25. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

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