Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 928 launches May 16, $99 after rebate

Lumia 928

Verizon and Nokia jointly announced on Friday theĀ availability for Nokia’s Lumia 928, a Windows Phone 8 handset with LTE support. Customers can purchase the smartphone online or in Verizon stores for $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate. For a limited time, buyers will also receive a $25 credit for Windows Phone applications.

Although neither company released many specification details of phone, the Lumia 928 is very likely an improved Lumia 920. That phone launched last year as an AT&T exclusive and is considered to be a flagship, high-end model. Here’s a first look at the new Lumia:

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Like that phone, the Lumia 928 offers a 4.5-inch OLED screen with Gorilla Glass for protection. It also features an 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and optical image stabilization; something Nokia showed off earlier this week on video. The new Lumia also supports wireless charging.

I think the pricing on this device is quite aggressive when compared to flagship phones running on other platforms. Then again, it probably needs to be. While having a high-end Lumia on one of the largest U.S. carriers can only help Nokia — and Windows Phone 8 sales, for that matter — the price point can help the Lumia 928 stand out from the flagship crowd.

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