Verizon seems to be making good on its word to commit at least a little more to Windows Phone 8, as rumors of an impending Nokia Lumia 928 release on the network are starting to gain traction.
The Lumia 928, which is expected to be an updated version of the Lumia 920, will sport a thinner, lighter aluminum body that takes on a slightly boxier shape. It will supposedly be available in myriad colors, a typical aspect of Windows Phone 8 devices, including white, black, cyan, and red.
Other rumored specs include a 4.5-inch OLED display, a xenon/LED combo flash, and support for simultaneous voice and LTE. There are conflicting reports on exactly how much onboard storage the phone will have, with a forum tipster at WPCentral (“Honestabebread”, who claims to be a Verizon employee) stating that it will have 16GB with a microSD card expansion slot, while Tom Warren of the Verge says that it will have 32GB of storage and will not be expandable.
The tipster did lend quite a bit of insight into Verizon’s plans for Windows Phone, however, saying, “Verizon’s going to steer away from Android advertising until the S4 and whatever Moto launches in June. Spring is the time for change, and the Z10 and the Windows Phones will be leading the pack.” He went on to say that Windows Phone appeals to the financial departments, as they are about $100 cheaper to Verizon than Android phones, and roughly $150 cheaper than iPhones.
“The phones are just cheaper to the company,” he said. “Less subsidy and less tech support costs.”
The tipster estimated that the Lumia 928 will be $550 unsubsidized and $200 with a contract “unless Nokia works a deal,” since phone pricing has never been much of a concern for Verizon. As for the release timing, the tipster initially said that it is due out around “Easter time,” and The Verge has since made claims that the phone will be out in April.